New Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck continues to add to his legion of emerging fans in the state. His backstory, charisma and charm make him an appealing man to head a program in transition.
Fleck made a lasting memory with one young fan Tuesday. Speaking at an event as part of Gopher Road Trip 2017, Fleck invited a young boy on stage and made a simple bet.
If you beat me, I’ll pay for you to go to wrestling and football camp at Minnesota.
Needless to say, Fleck will be ponying up for the camps for the youngster, as posted by the Minnesota Football Twitter feed:
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck wrestles young fan
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) June 6, 2017
In addition to giving the boy an unforgettable experience, Fleck said that the boy could bring a friend to the camps, also on his dime.
Fleck has been making waves in the conference. His aggressive recruiting style and tactics have already been criticized by assistants at Iowa. And earlier this year, Minnesota reported a “minor” violation after Fleck allegedly illegally contacted one of his former Western Michigan players.
To his credit, Minnesota ranks sixth in the Big Ten recruiting rankings. The Gophers have the most 3-star recruits of any team in the league, according to the 247Sports rankings.
Should Fleck continue to charm recruits the same way he can charm young fans, the Gophers will only continue to ascend within the Big Ten.