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Student-athletes face recruitment difficulties as COVID-19 cancels games in Big Bend area, South Georgia

Posted at 6:41 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 18:41:16-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — As we enter week seven of the high school football season, athletes across the Big Bend and South Georgia are still looking to gather enough film to get noticed by colleges and universities.

COVID-19 has made that tough this year. Many games have been canceled and, nationwide, some teams have lost their entire seasons.

Valdosta High School had a game canceled two weeks ago. Head coach Rush Propst has many connections at the next level but now he and others are put in a tough position where their word may become the difference between athletes getting a scholarship or not.

"They got to see film and we have to play games," said Propst. "Colleges can't recruit someone they don't know, they don't see. So when you lose a game and you don't replace it hurts the kid. And I hope these universities take our word for it, I think they know that I know who can play for their school. I think I can judge that for them a little bit and hopefully they take my word for it or Jamey's [DuBose] word for it for that matter."

For some perspective, Pelham High has played just two games and will play for the first time in over a month Friday night.

Leon High School played their first game of the season last week.