P.J. Fleck hit the ground running when he got to Minnesota.
If you watched his introductory press conference on Friday, that much was obvious. As advertised, Fleck was a ball of energy.
As it turned out, Fleck’s day was just getting started.
The newly-hired Gophers coach picked up new commitments from six recruits on Friday alone. All of them were previously committed to Western Michigan.
Quarterback Tanner Morgan, linebacker Trenton Guthrie, defensive end Noah Hickcox, receiver Chris Bell, offensive lineman John Schmitz and defensive end Esezi Otomewo all flipped from the Broncos to the Gophers.
Morgan was the highest-rated recruit of that group. The three-star recruit is the No. 6 player in Kentucky and the No. 44 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
“Obviously first and foremost Fleck, I love him and knew it would be hard not to follow” Morgan told 247sports. “I trust in his vision and wanted to play for him from the start. I have heard from people I trust how awesome the city and campus is as well.”
That gave Minnesota 21 commitments for its 2017 class, which appeared to be in serious jeopardy of falling apart a few days ago. The Gophers still rank No. 12 in the B1G and No. 57 overall in the 247sports class rankings.
But if Fleck’s big start was any indication, he’ll make up ground in the next four weeks.