For college coaches, recruiting players from across the country is challenging enough. But for Louisville football, things can become even more difficult when trying to recruit against elite programs during an unprecedented time of social distancing.
With travel bans in effect, more well-known programs are still going to receive attention from prospects because players already know what the school is all about. Imagine being a recruit and you have an offer from LSU and an offer from Wake Forest- it’s the Demon Deacons who have more work to do in the first place. Now it becomes increasingly difficult to land big-name guys without getting them on campus.
However, if there’s a program killing the game right now for recruiting visits, it’s Louisville football. The Cardinals coaching staff, largely in their second years with the program, have found ways to circumvent travel bans and keep recruits interested before they even visit campus.
Before the Cards even had a commitment in the 2021 class, the COVID-19 related travel bans and recruiting restrictions went into effect, meaning that Louisville football couldn’t bring anyone on campus. Within days, the staff was finding new ways to share the campus experience. When a group of players, including offensive lineman Aaron Gunn, that were scheduled to visit campus weren’t allowed to travel, McKenzie immediately took to Twitter to post a video of new freshman dorms.