Memphis area college football recruiting ‘business as normal’ 3 years after COVID

Aidan Glover knew how important last summer was going to be for his recruitment.

Having played a shortened season during the COVID-19 pandemic as a freshman, he had to make the most of the traditional recruiting trail returning to normal, entering his junior year.

So, the Collierville High quarterback hit the camp circuit, visiting Ole Miss, Memphis, Mississippi State and Alabama.

It’s what helped elevate his recruiting profile.

“It’s just the name of the game now,” Glover said. “It’s just the recruiting process. From what I heard back in the day, you could just play for high school, get film and then your coaches would send out the film.

“Now, that’s not enough. You have to go out, get in front of coaches and have them lay their eyes on you.”

Glover is now a three-star prospect and Missouri commitment who’s going into his senior year. Like many of the Class of 2024 prospects, he’s attended camps over the last two summers, hoping to get in front of coaches and get more offers.

It’s one of the things that’s helped this class stand out after moving on from the non-traditional recruiting cycle COVID caused.

This class currently has nine players committed to Power 5 programs. That’s not uncommon in this area. If there’s another Power 5 commitment from the Memphis area, 10 would be the fourth most since 2010. The nine already committed is more than the 2021, 2022 and 2023 classes combined. The most Power 5 commitments since 2010 was the Class of 2013 with 14. The Class of 2020 had 10 Power 5 prospects, which was the third straight year Memphis had 10 or more in a class.

In a way, things are getting back to normal in the Memphis area.

Collierville’s Aidan Glover (10) keeps hold of the ball during a scrimmage against Brighton on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Collierville High School.

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