This is one of the best classes since Cal Stoll was here and it is a c?
On an Alabama scale maybe, but there are a lot of good players in this class including the JC guys.
By ranking, it's an extremely average Minnesota class. Using Rivals' rankings, we finished 50th in the country. Over the last 15 years of Rivals rankings, our average class ranking is 53, our median class ranking is 52. If we remove the outliers (2008: 17, 2004: 84), it's still 53 and 52, respectively.
When it comes to comparison against other conference schools using these rankings, again, pretty average for the Gophers. Using the 2016 conference teams historically, Minnesota has finished on average 10th (median: 11) out of the 14 teams in Rivals rankings. The 2016 team ranks 10th in the conference.
One can debate the validity of the rankings - they are one group's way of trying to objectively compare football players that have never (typically) played a down of FBS football, certainly not perfect, and certainly not ironclad - but if we assume that they provide some valid comparison, the 2016 class is pretty status quo for the Gophers.
The class has some bright spots but considering we have signed just 1 interior high school D lineman in the past two recruiting cycles leaves me scratching my head a little bit. Most coaches say this is the most difficult position to recruit but the last couple of years we have whiffed on our plan "A" guys and seemingly had no capable backup plan "B" guys who the staff could sign either. I don't believe in signing players just to fill scholorships but leaving a position as important as the D-line as thin as they have over the past two years is a telling recruiting problem this staff is struggling to overcome. Now, when I hear we have somewhere between 5-7 scholorships unfilled this year it leaves me very worried knowing we signed 0 high school interior d-lineman this cycle. As someone stated above, compare our d-line recruits to our most hated competitors and it is not pretty. If you are going to win in the BIG it all starts up front, right?
Can't they look for other position players with size like Tes and OLs who may be under rated playing these positions, but can be converted and developed into a good DT?
Isn't that what Jerry Kill did with Rasheed Hageman?
Ask me in a few years....
love looking at this thread a few years later.