I came across an interesting article written by Buck Bravo in 2008 regarding how well Minnesota has done in keeping the top 5 rated players each year in MN. From 2003-2006 Mason kept 2 out of the top 20 kids at home (10%). I didn't personally realize it was that bad.
Brewster from 2008-2010 has kept 6 of the top 15 at home (40%). He has also picked up two of those from the 2006 class for Mason. (Carufel and Royston) Hmmnnn, same number as Mason.
By comparison, Wisconsin manages to keep 60% or more of their top 5 talent and they were landing better than 10% of the top 5 MN recruits during the Mason years.
We have seen improvement in this area, not to the degree we would like, but considerable improvement. Part of that is no doubt the TCF Bank stadium, but you also have to bive Brewster credit for the effort he and his staff put into recruiting. It will take winning to make a big improvement on that number and I think we would all wecome that.
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