The Tennessee Vols, along with the rest of the college football world, have had to adapt to a new way of recruiting thanks to COVID-19.
In-person visits have been shut down since March. And there’s no indication that visits will be allowed to resume this year (the current recruiting dead period runs through August 31, but it’s expected to be extended).
Tennessee’s coaches have been utilizing Zoom calls to give recruits virtual visits of the Vols’ facilities.
Obviously there’s no substitute for the real thing. But these Zoom visits aren’t just quick video chats. They’re in-depth looks at the program, the facilities, and the coaches/trainers.
2022 four-star wide receiver Kevin Thomas recently had a virtual visit with the Vols. He spoke with VolQuest about the experience.
“It was kind of like a regular visit, but just all on Zoom. I toured the facility and met personnel from the conditioning staff and academic staff…I got a great feel of the program,” explained Thomas.
The dynamic athlete, who also has offers from Florida and Texas A&M, among several other programs, told VolQuest that the visit took about an hour and a half.
That’s a significant amount of time to spend with a 2022 recruit. If the coaches are spending that much time with one recruit, it sends a message that he’s viewed as an important player by the program.
Tennessee is excelling on the recruiting trail during the COVID-19 shutdown. The Vols currently have the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation. That’s a testament to the job the UT coaching staff has done at adapting to a situation that hasn’t been ideal for anyone.
Now, just imagine what the Vols will be able to do once things get back to “normal”.
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