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High school athletes facing challenges of recruitment in 2020

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(WBNG) -- Lucas Scott and Ethan Reed will face off on the football field as rivals next March, but right now, they're facing the same situation.

The two seniors plan to continue their football careers in college next fall, but without playing this fall, their options are more limited than they originally expected.

"Having the signing date be so early, like so close with the football season, I'd would probably say it's going to bring some troubles," said Reed.

Reed is Windsor's quarterback, and although he has a handful of offers, he was hoping to get the attention of more college coaches his senior season.

Now that football is pushed to begin March 1, Reed may not have the chance to wait.

Scott, a Chenango Forks senior, has thirteen Division I offers on the table, but he said he was striving for even more.

"I was hoping maybe like Syracuse or Boston College would come this year if I had another great season, but I'm obviously not going to get that opportunity."

The two said they are confident in the schools they have already been recruited by, but making a decision is difficult under the conditions of the pandemic.

This week the NCAA extended the recruiting dead period until January, meaning Reed and Scott can't make official campus visits anytime soon.

"I really want to see schools, that's where you start to narrow it down like where you feel comfortable," said Scott.

For now, coaches and athletes are relying on technology to stay in touch.

"They give me links, and zooms to quarterback sessions, tight end sessions, virtual visits," said Reed.

Both athletes said they will wait to make a decision until they can visit schools and meet coaches in person.

"That's the next four years of your life, I'm not going to commit somewhere where I've only seen it on video," said Scott.

Scott said he has narrowed down his options, but Reed said he is holding out for a few more offers.

While the pressure may be building, they are both focused on playing football when the season comes around next March.

"The stress is there but I put it in the back of my mind, knowing I'm here to play football," said Reed.

Nicole Menner

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