Minnesota coach PJ Fleck was very understanding of Avante Dickerson’s decision to not sign with the Gophers on Wednesday.

Fleck couldn’t mention Dickerson by name due to NCAA rules, but he was able to vaguely discuss the matter at his Early Signing Period press conference.

“We have one [non-signee] and that’s OK,” Fleck said. “That’s part of the process. You support him. You love him. You are there for him him. It’s a year to be able to have incredible empathy.

Dickerson is a 4-star prospect and the No. 8 cornerback in the country, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. He hails from Omaha, Neb., and the Huskers are still heavily recruiting him.

Here’s his announcement from Wednesday morning that he would be waiting until February to sign:

Assuming Dickerson stays on board, the Gophers currently have the No. 27 class in the country and the No. 8 class in the Big Ten. It’s a class built on quality over quantity, too — Minnesota has just 18 commits while most programs in the top-30 have at least 20 if not more.

As of now, this is the Gophers’ best recruiting class in over a decade.

Minnesota is set to renew its rivalry with Wisconsin on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.