A day after canceling all remaining championships for the winter and spring seasons, the NCAA has instituted a temporary recruiting dead period that is set to last through April 15, at the earliest.
The NCAA has established a temporary recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through "at least" April 15, per source.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 13, 2020
Dead periods signify that no in-person contact is permissible with high school or junior college prospects. That includes visits to college campuses, in-home visits with recruits, visits to recruits' high schools, and skill camps.
All other forms of communication are fair game, including video chats, phone calls, text messages, etc.
This will impact football recruiting, in particular, as spring is a very popular time of year for recruits to take visits to campuses so they can see the team practice and not be worried about their own high school football schedules.
Several teams and conferences, including Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State, as well as the Big Ten, had already self-imposed limitations on recruiting for the foreseeable future. The NCAA has now made sure all schools and leagues are operating under the same set of rules.
This development, in conjunction with any future delays on fall sports, could cause the entire recruiting calendar to be altered slightly for the 2021 class, but we're too far out to make any concrete speculations at this time.