Washington became the fourth state and fifth region to move its high school football season. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced Tuesday night its plan to completely restructure its 2020-21 sports season due to the coronavirus virus, including football starting in March.
Instead of a three-season sports calendar, Washington has been reorganized into four with football, along with girls and boys soccer, and volleyball moving to early March through early May.
Washington joins New Mexico, Virginia and California as the other states
to move football to the spring, along with Washington D.C.
Virginia is the only one of those states not to announce its dates.
With football moving from the fall, at least three of the nation's top
recruits from the Class of 2021 will likely have decisions to make.
On Monday, California squeezed all three of its seasons into a two-pronged, January-through-June calendar with football starting up around New Year. Washington will have a fall season but with non-contact sports such as cross country, slowpitch softball and girls swimming, golf and tennis. That will run through early November, when the state will take a break.
At least seven California top recruits
and one from Virginia announced plans to graduate from high school early to enroll in college. It's a practice many blue chip recruits — especially quarterbacks — have carried out over the last decade but it didn't affect their senior high school seasons.
Even if not enrolling in college early, recruits may skip their spring high school season because it's too close to their possible college season.
Tuimoloau and Egbuka have not committed to a college yet, but Huard, on the verge of breaking several state passing records, has picked the University of Washington.