Report: NCAA Recruiting Dead Period Expected to End June 1

By Matt de Bear on April 12, 2021 at 10:07 am
Nov 10, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 22-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Update (4/15/21) - The NCAA Coouncil has made this news official. Starting June 1, all sports will return to their normal recruiting calendars.

Nearly 13 months to the day after it was put in place, the NCAA reportedly has an end date set for the pandemic-caused recruiting dead period. According to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, the NCAA Council is expected to announce that in-person campus visits can resume on June 1.

Originally enacted on March 13, 2020 in response to the initial outbreak of Covid-19, the dead period has been extended eight times since then. Thanks to the increasing speed of the vaccine rollout, it appears that official and unofficial visits will once again be able to take place, as well as on-campus camps.

According to Dodd, two scenarios are being discussed. The first essentially picks up the existing recruiting calendar on June 1 without any changes. The other involves a "modified quiet period". Regardless of the final decision, the end of the dead period would allow the first face-to-face visits with coaches and prospects in nearly 15 months.

Penn State has already been working towards a June recruiting window. Dozens of uncommitted, and verbally committed prospects have announced their plans to visit Happy Valley officially or unofficially in June. Those numbers only figure to go up with this news soon to become official.

The 40-member NCAA Council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to make a decision.