For something referred to as a “dead” period, this thing has an extended lifetime. There’s probably a clear “The Neverending Story” quip to make about this immortal dead period, too.
The NCAA gave more life to the current dead period on Wednesday evening. Football recruits will not be allowed to visit a campus and meet face-to-face with the coaches at a school of interest for another six weeks.
The news drew a smattering of reaction on Wednesday from some high-profile recruits and targets in the 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes.
All-American TE target Oscar Delp is one of the most well-spoken recruits in the 2022 cycle. Especially among those that hold a high interest in playing for Georgia. Delp was a prospect who saw his recruiting really catch fire with the first few games of his junior season.
He has yet to experience what it is like to be a featured recruit on campus. Delp recently dropped his list of top 13 schools. There are some very heavy hitters in there with schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Stanford and USC in his top group.
He’s been to games at a few of those places like Clemson and Georgia, among others. But not as a hosted recruit.
“It really saddens me,” Delp said. “This is a lifelong decision and it can’t be made over Zoom calls. I really hope the NCAA can come to their senses and open something up just so we can see these schools in person.
Delp addressed the issue in a calm and collected manner. But he’s not the only one affected. His mother, Mary, shared a parent’s side of the issue.
He was thinking of modifying his announced March 15 commitment decision to a simple top 5 release. That was because he was hopeful that visits would return in April. Or even earlier.
Now, he sounds ready to just go on with his decision on March 15.
“I’m just going to go ahead and go through it,” he said. “Can’t go visit noways now. It is just a waste of time.”
What is the biggest thing he is missing right now as he evaluates Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Southern Cal?
“The feel of the city and the feel of the campus itself,’ Williams said. “I’m missing that. A lot. I haven’t really – outside of a game- I have never really visited Georgia. I’ve never done a photoshoot or any of that. I’ve never done that with any of the other schools either.”
Check out his full interview with Dawgnation below.
There are a lot of other feelings there about it. DawgNation was able to reach out to a host of top targets for the Bulldogs in 2022 about it.
“I’m upset about it,” Jordan “Lockdown” Allen said.
Allen, an impressive 2022 cornerback prospect, now plans to sit tight and wait until June to progress further with his recruiting. His response to the new dead period timeline is to just be patient.
Jalon Walker, an Under Armour All-American LB, has Georgia among his top six schools. He’s a three-sport athlete in North Carolina. Walker is also the son of a college head coach at the Division II level.
“It’s not fair to all the recruits at all,” Walker said. “We need this time to go visit these programs to help make the best decision for us and attend the right university. I’m fortunate enough I got to see three of my six schools before COVID-19 hit and with self visits with my family.”
He’s not sure how this affects his timeline. That’s significant given that Walker is one of the most outgoing and purposeful recruits we will see in any recruiting cycle. This young man has known he wanted to be an orthodontist after his playing career is over about as long as he’s been deemed a legit college prospect, if not longer.
Walker thrives on preparation. He’s built his recruiting process around getting ahead of this so he was not going to have a rushed decision.
“It doesn’t back up what I was planning to do,” Walker said. “I am still thinking and talking to my family and possibly waiting until the summertime.”
The news wasn’t a major hardship for All-American DT prospect Christen Miller. That’s because Miller – just like Mykel Williams – is scheduled to make his commitment prior to the previous timeline of April 15 with the dead period.
Jordan James, a 4-star RB from Tennessee, is also disappointed by this week’s news. He said it pretty much spoiled the day for him.
“Oh for sure,” he said. “Because I was looking forward to getting to some of those schools that I haven’t been to yet. Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma and schools like that.”
James has only visited Alabama and Tennessee up to this point, but that was never as a priority recruit in the current cycle. It is a totally different feeling to show up on campus as a recruit, even as a priority RB target, when your cycle is still not the current signing class.
What does this mean now to James? Hurry up and wait?
“It doesn’t really mean that much because my commitment was probably going to be around the May area anyways,” he said. “But I just want to get on campus and see those schools.”
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