While I won’t argue with PJ’s success as a recruiter, he has not been getting all the top ranked kids to stay home. His success has been because he has expanded our national base.
Fleck is kind of working backwards I think.
In certain sports, landing local kids is of the utmost importance while also slowly expanding the base outside the region and nationally. Fleck seems to be going the opposite way because he can.
P.J. is simply an outstanding recruiter. He's the kind of personality that can go into any area of the country and relate to kids. As you said, he hasn't killed it in-state, but he's been plucking highly rated kids from basically everywhere else (especially Illinois). And if he continues to win and recruit well nationally, there will be plenty of instate kids that will come knocking in coming years.
With Pitino, I always feel like he's looking outside the state because he has a pretty poor reputation instate. He's not going to get many good kids from Minnesota and therefore, he has to look nationally to fill out his roster. And I'll be completely honest, I'm less than sold on the job he's doing overall since it feels like every year, he and his staff are spending the spring scrambling just to put together a viable roster.