ANN ARBOR – Michigan and Penn State became two of the first major college football programs to cancel or postpone their pro days as a precaution against the coronavirus.
“Based on the daily and hourly development around COVID-19, the University of Michigan football program has decided to cancel its pro day scheduled for Friday, March 13,” the school said in a statement Thursday.
Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, tight end Sean McKeon and quarterback Shea Patterson will be holding their own audition in Rossford, Ohio, according to Peoples-Jones agent Vinnie Porter.
They will execute the three-cone exercise in addition to their own wide receiver and tight end exercises with Patterson throwing passes.
Players plan to record work for viewers who are unable to attend.
Later in the day, Michigan announced that it was suspending all of its athletic activities, including football spring training, immediately.
In addition to canceling Friday’s pro day, Penn State announced in a statement that all football-related activities, including practice and recruiting, were postponed until further notice. The school said no determination had been made regarding the Blue-White Game on April 18.
Rutgers also announced that their pro day, scheduled for Friday, would be canceled.
Alabama informed NFL teams that it prohibits NFL personnel from visiting the school until March 30. His pro day has been rescheduled from March 24 to April 9, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Michigan already had some of its prospects in the city, preparing for the event and its scheduled meetings. The school had initially decided to limit the event to teams and players only, and prevented family members and representatives from being present, a source close to a Michigan player told ESPN, before the entire event was canceled in its entirety.
Michigan had 11 prospects in last month’s NFL Talent Combo, including offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, Peoples-Jones, Patterson and linebacker Josh Uche, and expects multiple of its players to be selected in next month’s draft. . Penn State prospects including defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos and wide receiver KJ Hamler.
The cancellations come as NFL teams begin to slow the travel of their visors due to the coronavirus crisis.
Information from Adam Rittenberg was used in the writing of this note.