I'm currently on a plane, drinking Woodford Reserve because why wouldn't I, and I have a really horrible internet connection but it appears that twitter says Amir Coffey committed to the University of Minnesota and holy shit dude. Not since the Rodney/Royce double pick up year has the U gotten a guy like this. ESPN ranks him as the 33rd best recruit in the entire country for 2016 and 247 Sports composite puts him at #45. That's a big deal! Dude had offers from tons of blue chippers like Arizona, Michigan State, and Texas but bam, sorry losers we got him.
The writing was pretty much on the wall that he would be a Gopher after his official visit back on September 3. He tweeted pictures of him and his dad (Richard, duh) at Williams Arena, reports came out that he kept going back for unofficials to hang with the players, and he canceled an official visit to Texas. It was still terrifying of course since, Minnesota sports, and I am glad I was on a plane and unable to load up anything to see who he chose until well after the fact, but it happened and we got him.
Coffey is a 6-7 guard, yes a 6-7 guard, and everything about him sounds awesome. They say he can play all three perimeter positions. He's smart, a good ball-handler and passer, and can hit from the perimeter or get to the rim. He can defend already. I mean everything sounds good. His negatives are he needs to build up more strength, very common for a freshman, and he could be a more vocal leader. That's all they could come up with. ESPN calls him a special player with upside off the charts and even compared him to Jalen Rose. Just the fact that he'll be able to come in and start and can already shoot and play defense puts him ahead of most freshman. This is just awesome.
None of that is even the most important part though. With Jarvis Johnson, Michael Hurt, and now Coffey Pitino has started to close the borders. This is good, but I also must clarify. The reason closing the borders is good is not because you get all the Minnesota players and if you think that way I bet you love P.A. too. The reason closing the borders is good is because when you do have an instate awesome player his thought process STARTS with I'm going to be a Gopher. It's not going to result in landing every stud, but that as the default is a much better way to start than "hey where should I go?" Pitino is on a good run right now.
The other super awesome thing is that Coffey is besties with Eric Curry. Curry is a power forward from Arkansas who visited the same time Amir did. He's not ranked as highly as Amir, but he's the 106th ranked player by 247 composite and #22 power forward and that's still pretty damn awesome. I won't get into talking too much about his abilities and what not since he hasn't committed here and may not, but it's looking better than ever right now. You know Amir is on snapchat or periscope or whatever kids use recruiting him.
In short - hell yes.