The head coach of Michigan, Mel Tucker, was in a video conference call with reporters on Friday when the Michigan High School Athletic Association decided to postpone the fall football season to the spring of 2021.
Michigan is not alone in delaying the season due to COVD-19 concerns – more than 10 states have already done the same – but the impact the decision will have on MSU’s and Michigan’s state recruitment efforts remains to be seen. Four of Spartan̵
Michigan colleges also target dozens of state players across multiple classes and will now not be able to make evaluations of the game during the fall.
“We’ve seen a lot of players play, we have a lot of offers and our offers are based on what we’ve seen players do in the past,” Tucker said of the state recruitment process. “So I do not see it as a problem for us. The players we recruit, they know we want them and we will continue to recruit them. There is a lot of time between now and December and February and the signing periods. So we will continue to work, sell our culture, sell our process and connect with these recruits and connect with these parents. “
However, 247Sports national recruitment analyst Allen Trieu said the launch is likely to have a greater impact on underclassmen in the state. Michigan colleges may need to comb through more out-of-state talent playing football in the fall instead of focusing their efforts on state players. With the big ten and Central American conferences also postponing autumn football, the coaching staffs will have more time to recruit in what would otherwise be a hectic season.
“In grades ’22 and ’23, I think it will affect the supply of children in the state,” Trieu wrote in a statement to MLive. “The children who get their cases fill in those classes will most likely be offered earlier. The good thing about the Michigan kids is that in those classes they will have time to do it, and I would think there may be some camps. in the fall where they can get pictures for schools from. “
High school players may choose to transfer from the state to somewhere that is likely to play football in the fall, but Trieu said it has not been a common trend in other states that have postponed so far. Although Michigan and Illinois are some of the few countries in the Midwest that are moving the season to spring so far.
“It’s obviously a big deal,” Trieu wrote to MLive. “Kids may face losing their seasons. It changes things for kids in every class. I expect kids to explore transfer options, but looking at Illinois, which moved to the spring long before Michigan, there have not been too many transfers from there yet. . “
Through a program spokesman, Michigan does not have an answer to the MHSAA’s decision right now, but the team, like many other programs, certainly follows the football landscape in high school closely.
Matt Dudek, Michigan’s recruiting director, tweeted Friday, “Sick of all Michigan High School Football guys … tough news today,” he wrote. “Out of resistance comes opportunity” … be sad today and start working for the next opportunity tomorrow! # Go blue
East Lansing’s Andrel Anthony, a three-star receiver who went to Michigan, planned to play his high season and then sign up in early January. If he still chooses that path, it could be almost two years between playing meaningful football declines.
“The whole recruitment process since the virus was shut down has changed completely with everything and everything,” Anthony said in a telephone interview with MLive Friday. “I just have to find out with my parents and my coaches a little more. We’ll see.”