To my observation, the pandemic shutdowns did more than result in the cancellation of a lot of events in the summer of 2020 and beyond. With the NCAA waiving the one-year transfer sit-out rule, and allowing players an extra year of eligibility, it seemed for a while there that the number of available opportunities had shrunk, that college programs were more hesitant to commit to players or even simply didn't have open slots to offer, etc. On top of that, the time lines for "official" and "unofficial" visits changed, most significantly with the elimination of "unofficial" visits for players before September of their junior year.
Two years later, I'm wondering what impressions others have as to lingering effects of these factors. Do you see any ongoing reluctance from college programs, to make oral commitments? Do you see any difference in how colleges are handling communications?
I'd especially like to hear from those who run teams/programs, or perhaps parents who had older sons go through the pipeline pre-COVID and then have a younger brother maybe in the thick of it right now.