Monday, October 22, 2007

Floyd Picks Irish

If the loss to North Dakota State University wasn't painful enough for Gophers fans, news that star recruit Michael Floyd has chosen Notre Dame only puts salt on our fresh wounds.

The Star Tribune reports here that Floyd committed to the Irish after visiting this weekend.

As far as recruiting goes, the loss of Floyd isn't completely devastating. The Gophers were able to get 4-star wide receiver Brandon Green to committ recently. While the addition of Floyd would have been fantastic, grabbing Green should help Brewster fill out a receiving corps. Floyd was ranked as the 11th best receiver in the nation by Rivals, while Green was ranked as #39. So, Floyd was clearly the bigger get here, but these rankings are always at least somewhat subjective.

But the loss of Floyd hurts far more symbolically. Brewster came into Minnesota talking a very big game, especially in the recruiting department. He grabbed headlines by touring the state, apparently in an effort to ensure the local kids stay home. Losing the most high profile Minnesota recruit in your first recruiting season isn't going to get restless fans back on the bandwagon. Overall, this is a damaging development for Brewster public relations wise, and he'll need to prove that he can successfully recruit now that the Gophers are at the tail-end of their worst season in recent memory.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Floyd wouldn't have even considered the Gophers if Mason was still coach. I'm not a recruiting guru, but I've read that Brewster already has a top 30 recruiting class, and he's not done yet. As you stated, these numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt. We'll see. Brewster's going to be here for awhile.

Tom said...

You are dead on about landing Green (and the surprise verbal by the 4-star Hill last week) lessens the actual impact of losing Floyd.

As has been told to Dear Liza, there is a whole in the bucket. We need to plug that Cretin to Notre Dame hole. They are batting 1.000, if CDH has a kid they want, the Irish get him.

PJS said...

Green has a chance to be very good---based on what I've read. It's just too bad Green wasn't from Minny and Floyd from elsewhere. That's the thing that makes this disappointing. Landing Floyd could have helped ensure future Minny prospects stay home.

Anonymous said...

Please stop thinking of a Gopher future. There isn't one. You will always stink. Always. One of the worst teams I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Coach B will have to prove he can recruit? The comment gives away the attitude. He already has a better recruiting class than Mason ever had. People that want to see what's being done will see it. Those that don't, won't.

lonebadger said...

I swear that's Brewster.

PJS said...

lonebadger, It wouldn't surprise me. I can tell from the IP addys that many folks from UofM IPs come here often.