By Joshua Carlson
With the coronavirus canceling all spring activities for Grand Rapids Community College and colleges alike, it raises questions about how this challenge will affect recruiting for incoming players and players trying to transfer to four-year universities.
GRCC baseball Head Coach Mike Eddington commented on how this virus could impact the landscape of the future for athletes.
“Four guys were committed prior to shut down,” said Eddington. “I have been assisting recruiting out sophomores and there is little movement right now because four-year schools are still figuring out what seniors are coming back and also a new group coming in next year.”
Many colleges have already announced that players of any class will be granted another year of eligibility, including GRCC. The NCAA, however, has currently not announced its future intentions for players. Without a solidified decision, thousands of athletes across the nation are still uncertain about how their futures will play out.
Eddington also noted that he is still trying to “network” with universities to ensure his players are still gaining an opportunity to continue their athletic career as well.
“90% (of our recruiting) finished after our Florida trip the first week of March,” said Eddington. “We had a good list of players come to our prospect camp in November and February and signed five of them. We are very selective with the couple of spots, every day we are networking with coaches, email, and phone calls.”
Eddington is conscientious of how serious the virus is, mentioning that “moving forward, obviously the health of everybody is far more important than baseball and making sure all our players adjust to distance learning.”