Just noticed that the Gophers had ZERO players named in this year's Bruce Feldman Athletic Freak List. He lists the top 100 "freakiest" athletes across the entire nation (and not even just FBS).
This list includes such notable powerhouse recruiting hotbeds as: Old Dominion, Army, Princeton, FAU, Stephen F Austin, Towson, Harvard, Holy Cross, Campbell (?), Texas State, Quincy (?), Chattanooga, and Wagner. It includes all B1G schools except Mich St (strangely), Indiana, Rutgers, Nebraska, and our beloved Gophs. It also includes 6 Hawkeyes and Badgers.
Not really sure what to make of this. On one hand, it will allow us to gloat a little more when/if we do actually beat those freaks on gameday. As far as I can tell, having players on Feldman's list has never truly correlated to wins, at least not directly.
But on the other hand, I think it just fully highlights how shitty Fleck has been at recruiting. It's one thing to complain exclusively about Fleck's Rivals rankings. But when combined with this list and draft record (which has also been subpar), it's pretty clear Fleck is playing with less than a full hand of cards. And to average 8+ wins with that hand is actually pretty impressive! But come on, man, what the hell is wrong with our beautiful state and school that makes these kids so unwilling to come here? I feel so less than.
In the end though, I can't say I disagree with this list. It makes me sad, but it's not wrong. If you were Bruce, who from our team would you have included?