NCAA Extends Recruiting Dead Period Through June 30

By Matt de Bear on May 14, 2020 at 9:15 am
Mar 13, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; The NCAA Headquarters is seen after the cancellation of the Division I mens and womens 2020 basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships due to the Covid 19 Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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The ongoing recruiting dead period will remain for at least another 30 days. On Wednesday evening, the NCAA announced that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it will continue to forbid any in-person recruiting either on campuses or with coaches traveling. The NCAA also announced in its statement that it will reevaluate the measure in two weeks, and could make further extensions at that point.

These restrictions have been in place since March, when the NCAA was forced to act in an effort to even the playing field with restrictions varying widely by state. But while in-person contact is off limits, the organization did revise its recruiting rules earlier in the week when it relaxed restrictions on phone calls from coaches to prospects. That change will remain in effect only until the Covid-19 dead period is lifted.

The ongoing ban on visits has complicated life for many prospects. April until late-June had turned into a critical time on the calendar for schools and prospects alike, with recently added spring and summer official visits allowing recruits to visit college campuses much earlier in the process. In many cases this allowed players to make decisions prior to their own senior seasons in the fall.

With these bans in place, dozens of prospects, including some of the nation's best, have elected to make their decisions anyway. Penn State has benefited from this with 10 of the 12 committed prospects jumping on board since March 26. That run of commitments, both for the Lions and other programs, only figures to continue with the continuing uncertainty around exactly when players will be able to resume these crucial visits.