On Tuesday, Georgia coach Kirby Smart spoke about the changes in the recruiting landscape as the NCAA had prohibited all in-person recruiting on and off-campus — a dead period — due to the COVID-19 outbreak. On Wednesday the NCAA announced it was extending the dead period from April 15 to May 31.
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— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 1, 2020
This means that the only communication between coaches and prospective recruits will be electronically, through phone calls and text messages.
Smart spoke about how his conversations with recruits are no longer about why Georgia is the place for them to further their careers. He finds himself asking more about how the recruits are dealing with the current situation.
“I find it unique every conversation I get to have,” Smart said. “I am genuinely interested in what is going on in your community. How are they handling this? What is your high school doing to adapt? What does your community support look like? Because we are recruiting kids all over the country. Not just Georgia.”
“So it becomes a conversation piece in some of the hotbed areas. It is like ‘Man this is really impacting them’ and I know from watching the news. So what are they doing to protect themselves?”
Since the NCAA first put in the restrictions, Georgia added one 2021 commitment in 4-star defensive lineman Jonathan Jefferson. Some schools have added a number of recruits, like Ohio State who has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.
There have been a number of recruiting updates and what not to happen for Georgia in recent days, such as 4-star prospect Micah Morris dropping a top-five and 5-star prospect Amarius Mims releasing a top-10.
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Quintin Somerville, a 4-star defensive end from Arizona, detailed what the process has been like from a recruit’s standpoint. He’s pushed back his commitment date, which was previously set to be June 20 and had to cancel a number of visits.
“Coaches are contacting me three times as much right now,” Somerville told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “It is every day now. They have nothing to do as well.”
Georgia has the No. 15 overall class in the 2021 recruiting rankings, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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