13. Minnesota Gophers
5* players: 0
4* players: 0
3* players: 24
If you want to see what an underrated coaching staff can do with “mediocre” recruiting results, look no further than Jerry Kill and his staff with the Gophers. However, we’re not talking about ability to develop talent, we’re talking about ability to recruit talent to the school.
Minnesota has seen an increase in results on the football field, but not so much on the recruiting trail. It missed once again on keeping the biggest name in Minnesota in the state, only this time losing 4-star defensive tackle Jashon Cornell to conference rival Ohio State.
The Gophers did also do a lot of damage in the state of Illinois, and is something to watch out for in the future as they are in big time at some of the biggest producers of talent in that state. Names like Jacob and Julian Huff, along with Anotnio Shenault are nice pickups from this class. However, we’re still waiting for the Gophers to find a few game-changing style recruits.
Missing last year on Frank Ragnow and this year on Cornell are just hard to swallow considering the emphasis on the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. Eventually the Gophers have to start keeping the best talent in the state of Minnesota or it won’t ever get beyond where it currently is.
What I like about this class is the ability for it to have some really good players down the line, and that along with Purdue’s inability to recruit anything resembling a Big Ten-level recruiting class keeps it off the bottom of the rankings.