College football recruitment for the 2022 class has been anything but normal due to the restrictions of COVID-19. The recruitment period preventing any recruits from entering the campus had expired since March last year.
On Tuesday, that dead period was lifted. The recruits will once again be allowed to attend schools from June 1 to June 27. Typically, schools have started at a slower pace than they were intended.
But recruitment will increase drastically during this time, and once the possibilities have been realized for the coaches and campus individually, a flurry of commitments may soon follow. While some programs will grapple with this cycle, here are some schools that should not panic and may soon see their recruiting classes ramp up.
As of now, Alabama ranks 12th in the class ranking, which is low for its standards. However, this is not unfamiliar territory, as Alabama was ranked 23rd overall at this time last year.
Staff only had five commitments in the 2021 class on 22 May, but the rankings skyrocketed shortly after. Alabama added 10 commitments from May 22 to July 23 and rose to No. 2 in the rankings.
The Crimson Tide went back and forth with Ohio State before closing the cycle at No.
Alabama currently has six commitments in the 2022 class, five of which are ranked in ESPN 300. The class is led by the No.1-ranked running back, Emmanuel Henderson, and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback, ty simpson.
As always, some of the biggest names in this class are Crimson Tide, who have yet to make a decision. Includes a five-star defensive end Jeremiah AlexanderMILF offensive tackle tyler booker, linebacker Harold PerkinsMILF defensive end shemar stewart and four-star offensive tackle Zach Rice.
Rice, Stewart, Alexander and Booker will travel to Alabama in June.
The Tigers have a total of four commitments, but all four are ranked on the ESPN 300. There are two offensive tackles in this class. Colin Sadler and blake millerwide receiver Adam Randall and double-threat quarterback cad klubnik.
Four puts Clemson behind 11 other teams in ESPN 300 commitments so far this cycle.
Similar to Alabama, however, a slow start for Clemson is not a concern. The employee sticks to his own process, evaluating prospects and making offers only to those he really likes, rather than casting a wide net.
Hiring recruits on campus will be the same for recruits as it will for Clemson staff. Similarly to Alabama, a lot of top recruits are still considering the Tigers who have yet to make a decision, namely the cornerbacks. jadin lucuso, stewart, defensive end Anya Whitedefensive tackle alex van sumeren and linebacker Sean Murphy, among others.
Gators have been steadily rising in the recruitment rankings over the years after finishing at No. 13 in 2018, No. 9 in 2018, No. 8 in 2020 and No. 5 in 2021.
In the 2022 cycle, Florida is currently ranked No. 20 with six total commitments, three ranked in the ESPN 300. This puts Florida behind another 12 events, and it is behind where Florida was at this time last year.
In the Class of 2021, the Gators were ranked 5th on 22 May with a total of 14 commitments. However, this class is very different, and cannot really be compared to final due to restrictions.
Florida is not going to be in this position for long and should be able to take advantage of June. With some top goals still on the board, including a five-star defensive tackle Walter NolenBooker and Wide Receiver evan stewart, Florida still has a ton left to add.
June trips will have an impact on the recruitment calendar
With official visits starting Tuesday, a Power 5 personnel director compared this first weekend of visits to the day Disneyland opened, as there are plenty of possibilities to take advantage of this month.
In a typical year, recruits are able to make official travel in the spring and fall, but the built-in dead period prevented any travel. These 2022 prospects have not been able to make a tour since February 2020.
“I brought it to my coaches, it’s like we’re putting all our chips into the month of June right now, because a lot of these guys may never come back before the December signing period,” Ohio State said personnel director Mark Pantoni. “So, it’s a long time to go, and that impression can lose its luster and a lot of the top guys that we’re going to go through right now, in these next four weeks, they’re going to be traveling every weekend.”
Because so many recruits will end up on official tours in June, some coaches believe there will be fewer official tours than usual during the season.
With this in mind, the coaches are preparing, as Pantoni said, since June there is a huge opportunity to make an impression and secure a commitment.
This creates a problem for a school if it doesn’t have the trip it was hoping for, if it’s the first school a potential visits or if another school hits it out of the park.
“For a top person who can visit this first weekend, then going on three more visits, ‘Is the spirit of Ohio State still taking off?'” Pantoni asked. “Because obviously the red carpet is going to roll out everywhere. So we just have to do a good job, and then after the trip, we have to do a great job of keeping in touch. Hopefully some of these kids, me There seems to be an attraction to come to a game unofficially, so hopefully we can work through a lot of these cases.”
Most of the top prospects have already planned their trips for June, so coaches have been preparing for weeks that they will have more prospects on campus.
What they are trying to do, however, is to balance the prospects of 2022 who want to make the official visit and 2023 recruits who want to come to campus on informal visits. Pantoni said Ohio State encourages underclassmen to try to travel during the week, which leaves the weekend open for coaches to host 2022 prospects on official visits.
Pantoni estimated that Ohio State would host 51 official visitors in June, with the school typically hosting 40 to 50 throughout the year. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have recruits for official visits in June, however, as it gives coaches more time to spend with prospects to help build relationships.
“Either during the summer or after the season, I think we’ve had the most success in those instances,” Pantoni said. “If these kids are going for game visits, the schools they’re going to have really impressive home games because they’re going to pick the biggest games to watch. So, all being equal, game day.” I don’t think that affects the relationship we have with our players and coaches.”
Add to this that coaches are bringing 2023 prospects to camps in June to try and get a personalized assessment, and it’s going to be a busy month for everyone involved.
Most interesting recruitment in the world
If he was old enough, Addison Nichols Could probably fill in some beer commercials for the most interesting man in the world.
Nichols is a 6-foot-5, 301-pound offensive lineman from Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia. It is ranked 111th overall and is followed by some of the largest schools in the country.
It’s what Nichols does off the field that sets him apart from a typical high-profile recruit.
Nicholas taught himself to play the piano, guitar and ukulele. He has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, his parents, Brian and Missy, signed him up in elementary school because they felt it would help with flexibility and coordination.
He started playing golf at the age of 3, and now as a teenager, he can crush a ball 300 yards off the tee. He took a short break from the golf team, but decided to rejoin this season and is trying his hand at competitive golf for the last time in high school.
“It’s hard to go from aggressive football to golf finesse this year,” Bryan said. “When he was younger, he used to play in tournaments and things like that, but it’s hard for him to slow down his swing and overswing now. He can hit it well over 300 off the tee, so everybody Loves it, especially in melee.”
Nichols also throws discus for his high school’s track team and hopes to take it to college. He played basketball as a child and added Cub Scouts to his growing list of activities in elementary school. He has been associated with the Cub Scouts through the Boy Scouts and earned the Eagle Scout feat last year.
“Cub Scouts is like hanging out with your dad — you do arts and crafts with your dad, but once you get into the Boy Scouts, you get to do merit badges,” said Nichols, who has a 3.77 Has GPA, volunteered and provided home improvement services with his church and has been a part-time Kroger employee since 2018. “You have to go camping and hiking. It was definitely a lot of work, especially at the end of my Eagle Scout project and everything that goes into it. It.”
“It’s not something that happens overnight.”
That work and dedication in activities outside of football has been seen by college coaches in their recruiting so far. Florida in their top five schools, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and USC, but he has other schools he’s still considering, including North Carolina and Virginia.
College coaches have made their off-field achievements a topic of conversation and in some cases even used it as a bonding tool.
“Mac Brown in North Carolina, when he was virtual with her, Mack said he was an Eagle Scout, so he connected with her,” Bryan said. “Coach Mullen in Florida, he knew about Edison, but we were going through all this stuff and he said, ‘I used to like you before, but I really like you now.’ Many of them have entered it and seen the effort and dedication that goes into it.”
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