Karl Dorrell says coronavirus “uncertainty” hurting CU Buffs recruiting, could alter 2020 season

The iPhone’s groovy and all, but for Karl Dorrell, there’s no time like actual, in-person face time — especially for a new football coach making recruiting pitches.

And right now, Dorrell admits, the coronavirus isn’t just wreaking havoc on his first spring with the CU Buffs. It’s putting a crimp on those recruiting efforts, too.

“I understood that could happen,” Dorrell said Thursday during a conference call with media.

“(With) me being a new coach and some new coaches on our staff, there’s always an element of uncertainty — when no one can give you a timeline as to when things can start, when the season can actually begin, when it’s supposed to be spring practice, when are we going to have unofficial visits.”

Alas, college recruiting and social distancing don’t often go well together, as Buffs fans have found out the hard way via Twitter in recent days.

Palmer Ridge receiver/defensive back Anthony Costanzo, one of the top in-state gets from the Class of 2022, and receiver/defensive back Kaden Dudley, 247Sports’ No. 7 Colorado prep recruit for the Class of 2021, both announced earlier this week that they were reopening their recruiting after having committed to the previous CU coaching staff.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now,” Dorrell said. “They want to know what CU is going to look like … there’s going to be skepticism, they want to see what this is going to look like this year.”

That goes double for CU fans. And triple for Dorrell, whose hands have been tied by circumstances — and a pandemic — that are out of his control.

The city of Boulder is on lockdown until April 10. While CU players are slated to wrap up their week of spring break Sunday, that means no in-person meetings for at least another 12 days after that.