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Binghamton adjusts to new recruiting methods

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Even during the playing hiatus, head coach Neel Bhattacharjee, is always keeping an eye out for future recruits.

VESTAL (WBNG) - High school sports being on hold until 2021 has an impact trickling up to the college level.

Binghamton University women's soccer coach Neel Bhattacharjee is always keeping an eye out for future recruits, even during the playing hiatus.

"We always want to make sure that we've got a bold and stamp in our local environment," said Bhattacharjee

With no Section IV games to watch this fall, that job has become much more difficult.

"This is a point of time that probably we would be having some of our top junior prospects that we would have identified, would be coming in to make unofficial visits to campus," said Bhattacharjee

With the NCAA dead recruitment period, those visits are unable to take place.

"Without doing things in person we've had to do zoom calls with prospects where we could meet with them face-to-face via a computer screen," he said.

Without seeing athletes in person Bhattacharjee and his staff have to use old game footage to get a feel for future recruits.

"We're now just putting more stock in video than we have in the past and quite honestly it is more than we typically would like to do. But again that is what we have access to," said Bhattacharjee.

With every college in the same situation, Bhattacharjee said no one is at a disadvantage in the recruiting process.

"Once things do open up there's is going to be quite a flood," he said. "Different events, teams trying to get in to do different things."

Jacob Seus

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