It didn’t take long for recruits who had previously committed to play at Western Michigan under coach P.J. Fleck to follow him to Minnesota. During his introductory press conference with the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Fleck spoke enthusiastically about changing the culture surrounding the program and competing for National Championships.
Fleck mentioned it was always his dream to coach in the Big Ten and that the Twin Cities are home for him. After he told everybody what he would do, he immediately set to work in doing it.
In the hours following Fleck’s introduction as head coach, he began the process of reaching out to recruits who had committed to play for him while he was the coach at Western Michigan. Six players have already confirmed they will follow the coach to Minnesota and more are expected to follow.
Thus far, the players who have decided to follow Fleck are: three-star wide receiver Christopher Bell, three-star linebacker Trenton Guthrie, three-star quarterback Tanner Morgan, three-star offensive lineman John Michael Schmitz, two-star defensive end Noah Hickcox, and two-star defensive end Esezi Otomewo.
In his time at Western Michigan, Fleck brought the program to higher heights then it had ever experienced, including a 13-0 finish through the regular season and a Cotton Bowl bid.