Ohio State has to wait on contacting 2021 recruits due to a 'minor NCAA rules infraction'
Recruiting is a 365-day-a-year gig.
If you miss out on one day due to laziness, it can make the difference between missing out on a recruit you want and getting that heralded commit. Imagine Wisconsin without Jonathan Taylor. Imagine Michigan without Shea Patterson.
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If a day was taken off, these teams might not be where they are at today.
Speaking of taking a day off, Ohio State recruiting for the Class of 2021 is being delayed a full week.
According to Jeremy Birmingham of Lettermen Row, the Buckeyes have to wait until Sept. 8 — as opposed to Sept. 1 — to be able to contact the majority of 2021 recruits. Certain recruits won’t be contacted until Sept. 15.
“According to sources close to the program, Ohio State self-reported minor infractions involving on-campus photoshoots and recruiting itineraries,” Birmingham wrote. “Schools around the country are not allowed to share professional photoshoot images with recruits until Sept. 1 of their junior season, and there was some confusion about that rule because programs are allowed to text kids and their families while they’re on a campus visit — but cannot send them the photos they took during that time.”
Again, a full week away from recruiting can hurt. First impressions mean a lot. If other teams across the country have a full week advantage, that might sway some recruits away from a program dealing with NCAA infractions — no matter how minor they may be.