Posted On: 10/1/17 10:30 PM

I was sitting next to a new Division I mid-major coach Sept. 24 at the North Tartan Regional Skills Checkout in Chaska. A refugee from the men's game, he told me it was his first scouting trip to Minnesota. "I heard there are a lot of great kids here," he said. "I found out this morning that it's true." Indeed. North Tartan's showcase last weekend was outstanding. The talent level was high, the intensity was higher. Gerard Coury, Tara Starks and the rest of the coaches were pushing the kids hard, and plenty of college coaches were watching. Certainly there were a number of high Division I prospects present but the D-I talent pool was really deep, too.

What the new guy is just figuring out is common knowledge to plenty of mid-major folks, coaches like Glenn Rigney of Division I Lehigh and the folks from Montana State, who are loading up on Minnesota kids. Rigney spends so much time here recruiting North Tartan kids that he should probably rent an apartment. He was on the sidelines again Sunday, looking to lure another high-end Minnesota prospect to Pennsylvania. Lehigh's Minnesota gold rush began in 2016 when top 20 prospect Hanna

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