Roanoke, VA. – “We have about 33 states or so that are actively playing, there’s about 17 or 25 or so states that aren’t underway,” Liberty Director of Player Personnel Ethan Johnson said.
According to Johnson, the average percentage of players the Flames are recruiting in states without fall football is 36%, and 19% of those are in the state of Virginia.
“Where it sticks us, we will prioritize over states that are playing football," Johnson said. “Essentially, in recruiting the junior class, the new class that started in September, all those kids have sophomore tape, so it’s the thirst in the evaluation process to gain more information and watch more tape, and I think a lot of that centers around their junior year.”
At Ferrum college, in-state recruiting has made up 60% of their roster since 2012, according to head coach Clieve Adams.
“The big challenge for us moving forward is the actual 2021 class, their senior film," Adams said. “There’s a lot of guys out there that we may have not rated at the top of our rating, and we give them a middle of the road waiting and say okay we want to see senior film to justify recruitment.”
"That outside of anything poses the biggest challenge for us moving forward,” Adams said.
That leaves high school football coaches as the liaison between their players and the next level.
“I believe that when we pick up the phone, and we do an evaluation, and we want to get a little more information about a kid, we feel comfortable as a staff that we can pick up the phone and trust that high school coach because we have relationships that go back 20 years plus,” Adams said.