Big-time college football recruiting is always a bit of a frenzy, but with the aftermath of the pandemic still unfolding, this year’s recruiting period includes an extra dose of craziness.
That’s the word from Rivals national recruiting director Adam Gorney. College football recruiting will be back in full-swing for the first time in 15 months and schools are rushing to sign prospects as they never have before.
“It’s complete craziness,” Gorney said. “It’s almost like an entire recruiting year, wrapped up into a month. … The month is going to be absolute mayhem. It already is.”San Francisco Chronicle
Furthermore, Gorney reports that Cal and Stanford have recruiting classes that currently rank near the bottom of the Pac-12.
Cal and Stanford are lagging [in recruiting], according to Rivals. Cal is 10th, and Stanford is 11th, ahead of only Utah in the 12-team conference.
Cal has two commitments: four-star quarterback Justyn Martin and three-star defensive lineman Damonic Williams. Stanford has two commitments: four-star tight end Sam Roush and three-star running back Arlen Harris.Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle
So not only do the Bay Area’s two Pac-12 teams have a lot of work to do, they have to fill their classes during a time when every other school has increased intensity, squeezing 15 months of recruiting into one.
For example: Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that football powerhouses Florida State, Florida and Miami are either promoting the football team with basketball-style pep rallies or hosting barbecue events to raise awareness for their program.
That’s highly unusual behavior, and the BASH will keep track of which players — and future stars of the Big Game — Stanford and Cal signs during this month of mayhem.
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