P.J. Fleck really likes the quality of Minnesota’s 2021 recruiting class. Not only does the head coach believe the newcomers can make a difference on the field, but he’s also very complimentary of the character the incoming group brings to the Twin Cities.

On Wednesday, Fleck spoke with reporters as National Signing Day wound down. The fifth-year leader of the Golden Gophers thinks the quality of player and quality of character are “outstanding” in this year’s class.

Minnesota has singed an 18-player class in 2021, which ranks 37th nationally and 8th in the B1G. The Golden Gophers are also adding a handful of transfer players to the mix this year.

Fleck explained why he liked this year’s class so much while speaking with reporters. GopherHole.com had the video:

Minnesota has had six high school players from the 2021 class enroll early to get a jumpstart on their college careers. Others will join during the summer.

Fleck will be entering his fifth season with the Golden Gophers in 2021 and has a 26-19 record in the Twin Cities, with a pair of bowl appearances. Last year, Minnesota ended the season with a 3-4 record.

The Gophers are scheduled to open the 2021 campaign against Ohio State.