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High School Insider: How COVID-19 impacts college football recruiting at all levels

Posted at 7:00 AM, Jun 16, 2020
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Mark Porter seems to always have his finger on the pulse of Ohio's college football recruiting scene.

The longtime director of believes the COVID-19 pandemic altered the recruiting landscape this spring and has sped up the process for high school football players and college coaches evaluating their prospects.

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Porter discussed Ohio high school football, college recruiting and the various scenarios for this fall with the WCPO High School Insider podcast.

Porter, who lives in the Youngstown area, has a unique perspective. He played high school and college football while connecting with college programs frequently because of his scouting service.

As a parent and avid high school football follower, he's keenly aware what families experience during the college recruiting process.

"I honestly think this is a horribly frustrating process in a good year," Porter said. "I think this year is absolutely like rip your hair out of your head if you are a parent or player. My heart goes out to them because you never got your chance. This is like recruiting back in the '70s or '80s when I played, where after the season they (college coaches) came around and watched your tape, and if the tape wasn't good enough — see you later."

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