Athlete, Class of 2022
Episcopal, Alexandria, VA
By this time, Episcopal (Va.) 2022 wide receiver Jaiven Plummer had hoped to have a good handle on his recruitment. He hoped that he’d have a healthy number of college options, but also that he would have seen many of them by this point.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, that hasn’t happened. But Plummer has picked up numerous scholarship offers, now 13, including from Virginia Tech, Stanford, California, Virginia and West Virginia. It’s been difficult for Plummer to find much traction as he relies on virtual connections and waits on the current NCAA recruiting dead period to be lifted.
“Right now, especially since I’m unable to visit, I don’t think I’m even close to speeding up the process,” he said. “I haven’t really thought about making decisions. I’m just waiting, especially on the visits. That’s a key factor in my recruiting for me, personally.”
Plummer said he’s been impressed with how the coaches he’s talked with have adjusted to the current climate. And though it’s far from any sort of top list or any favorites, he said he has liked what he’s seen from Virginia Tech, Stanford and Rutgers more than others. The Hokies offered Plummer Aug. 15, which has allowed them a bit more time to make a connection.
“I think it’s a big school, a great school and they feed you a lot there,” Plummer said. “They’re also heavily invested in your academics, with advisors and stuff like that. That’s the main thing I like about them.”
Specifically, Plummer said he’s spoken most regularly with assistant coach Ryan Smith and Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, the Hokies’ assistant director of player personnel.
“I think they’re interested in me and they want me, they say they can fill me in anywhere,” Plummer said. “They’ve seen me play on both sides of the ball. I think I can fit into the program at any position. Offense, or defense, I can help. I know they like me because they always keep in touch, get on Zoom calls. They’re doing a great job of keeping me interested, sending me graphics. It’s not all football talk with them. They actually get to know you first, and not every call is about football. That’s also what I like most in a school, if the coaches aren’t just worried about football and that they care about you as a person.”
“Stanford, honestly, everything is amazing,” Plummer said. “They did a great job promoting the school to me. The main thing I love are the programs they have to help student-athletes. They’re invested in your future and they have a lot of programs, internships to get you involved. They have a lot of alumni who come back, and that’s what I hear the most about. I also like how it’s more of a challenge to get there, since the academics are so high.”
Rutgers has been with Plummer the longest, which has partially led to how he sees the Scarlet Knights. They’ve also been in regular contact.
“They were my first offer and since then, since Sept. 1, we’ve texted every day,” Plummer said. “We check up on each other, have simple conversations and they give me stuff I can work on as a DB. They bring up how they’ve brought me up in meetings they have, send me a bunch of mail. And I can tell they really want me.”
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