That extends the NCAA’s temporary “dead period” for recruiting, which was set up in March as a result of the global pandemic, to a time period now of at least nine and a half months.
In short, it means no on-campus or off-campus recruiting for during the 2020 season. Ouch.
That’s a big ouch for those members of the 2021 class. There are some clear examples, like solid commitments Javon Bullard, De’Jahn “Nugget” Warren and Jamon Dumas-Johnson, who will now sign and choose Georgia without ever having taken a single visit inside the Georgia football facilities.
They will have done a mighty share of Zoom and FaceTime discussions with the Georgia coaching staff. But they will have never sat in their future position coach’s office. Or experienced what the grass in Sanford Stadium smells like on a sublime Saturday in the fall.
They will have never seen the “Light Up Sanford” experience or heard it when two different sides of the stadium fire off dueling “Georgia” and “Bulldogs” chants at just the right cadences.
Just add that up to all the things that feel off-center for the year 2020.
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It is still daunting to think about 5-star prospects like Korey Foreman, Amarius Mims, Maason Smith, Brock Vandagriff going through their entire high school careers without getting to take even one official visit to the school of their choice.
Recruits typically get five. But those early enrollees in the 2021 class are now assured of not getting any barring a reversal of the current NCAA ruling.
We discussed all of that, along with our typical offerings like the “2021 Top Targets” and the commitment board and timelines during this week’s episode. This edition also featured a special DawgNation conversation with elite 2022 cornerback commitment Marquis Groves-Killebrew and a quick word with his talented Brookwood teammate Sam M’Bake in the 2022 class.
We also found time at specific portions of the show for the typical Q&A exchanges with viewers. Both versions of this week’s program are embedded below.