The Ohio State football team took measures to combat the coronavirus yesterday including the cancellation of the annual spring football game.
The Ohio State Athletic Department announced Wednesday the annual spring football game would be cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus virus. The University is taking a pro-active approach for the safety of the fans, players and administration.
The football team still does plan to go forward with the rest of its spring practices, which are closed to fans and media alike.
In more significant news however, the Buckeyes also announced that their football recruiting would be put on pause for the time being. Ryan Day tweeted this from his account:
We will suspend all official and unofficial visits to our campus through April 20 while we continue to monitor and adjust to today’s changing issues. In addition, our coaches will not recruit off campus this spring while we follow the university’s new temporary travel guidelines.
This is a major blow for Ohio State, Although there will be no limitations on recruiting via phone or teleconference communications, face to face interaction with players helps coaches form relationships with them.
The Buckeyes are right in the thick of locking up key recruits for its 2021 recruiting class as this virus is making its presence felt in many different facets of our lives.
Top recruiting targets who had scheduled visits coming up included top 2021 North Carolina running back Evan Pryor, five-star 2021 running back TreVeyon Henderson and 2022 star quarterback Tevin Carter.
To say not hosting those players is a blow is a big understatement. The Buckeyes are in dire need of landing two top running backs for the 2021 class, and halting visits from Pryor and Henderson does not help.
Carter is projected to be one of the top quarterback recruits for the 2022 class and not getting him on campus is also a kick in the stomach.
Hopefully this virus comes and goes quickly and we all can get on with our lives, and head coach Ryan Day and the rest of his staff can get back at it on the recruiting trail.