The coronavirus has halted nearly all college and professional sports for the foreseeable future but college recruiting is still happening, just in some different ways.
Although some college programs, including all ACC teams, have closed spring practices and their spring games–in which many recruits make unofficial visits–some athletes are keeping their recruitment active.
2021 3-star cornerback Jordan Oladokun is one of those players and today he narrowed down his offers. The Tampa, Florida native announced a top seven that included Pitt, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Cincinnati.
Oladokun received his offer from Pitt back in January from his area recruiter Rob Harley.
Oladokun is a two-way star and had a productive 2019 season catching 28 passes for 532 yards and 6 touchdowns. On defense, he intercepted two passes and had one punt return for a touchdown.
“One thing that I really like about Pitt is that they’re an up and coming program,” Oladokun tells PSN. “The ACC is a good league and Pitt battled hard against everyone. The coaches are building something great over there. Pitt has a lot of promise and I know that the coaches are going to be there for a while and could turn Pitt around into a national contending program. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
“Coach Harley is a great coach and someone that’s been recruiting me since my sophomore season. The fact that Pitt’s been on me for a long time is definitely a factor. We’ve been able to build a relationship over the last year or two and that means something to me.”
Although it hasn’t totally impacted his recruiting, the coronavirus has impacted Oladokun’s recruiting. He planned to start making some spring visits, including one to Pitt, but that has been put on hold because many colleges are prohibiting visitors as a precaution.
“I had a couple of places that I planned on going to see but those got postponed because of the virus. With college now shutting down their recruiting and kids coming on visits so just I have to wait and see. Coach Harley and I had talked about it but because of the coronavirus, it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen, so he said I just have to sit back and see what happens with that. Once things get cleared up with that then we can start pinpointing another date.”