Prospects Finding Ways to Get Workouts in During Shutdown
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Prospects Finding Ways to Get Workouts in During Shutdown

May 02, 2020

No one knows how long the lockdown that was put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic will last for recruiting. The immediate impacts are not clear either. Several things have changed as a result, like the dead period being extended and camps coming into question over the summer.

One immediate talking point was how athletes would keep their training going. Schools were closing and taking away access to weight rooms. A lot of athletes have trainers but a lot of their gyms are being closed along with regular gyms around the country.

Some prospects are getting creative. Here's what priority 4-star outside linebacker target TJ Bollers did for a workout recently.

Kansas City wide receiver Jaylin Noel recently included Nebraska in his list of top programs. He, like many others, has turned to home workouts to stay in the best shape possible.  

“It’s somewhat an in home, like, at the house workout,” Noel said. “So like bodyweight stuff. Pushups, sit ups, a lot of plyo stuff that you could do inside the house but I'm still also able to get to the field and do workouts at the fields, running and catching the ball. Footwork stuff so too I'm still keeping up with all the workouts I do.”

Noel isn’t the only player that has been doing home workouts. Missouri 2022 wide receiver Quinton Conley has been getting his work in at home as well. 

“I’ve been doing a lot of workouts in the backyard with the ladder,” Conley said. “Then continuing to do the workout that our high school coach puts out so a lot of pushups situps and squats.”

Some players are finding other creative ways to stay in shape. Branson Yager, one of the Huskers’ latest commits, has been taking advantage of his job at a moving company to get his cardio in. He’s constantly running in and out of houses and had a day recently where he put in 11 miles on one move. His smart watch said that he actually climbed 61 floors over 10 hours, making for a great workout.

Many prospects are also like Oklahoma lineman Aden Kelley. When his school went to online only, he thought he’d be able to work out with his trainer. That gym was also closed but Kelley is able to keep up by using free weights at home. 

Players have had to adjust on the fly by finding new ways to work out during a critical time in their developments. They can’t wait to get back to their more regular lifting schedules but the determination that makes them potential Division I athletes will help carry them through this difficult time.

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