Recruiting Dead Period Extended Through August

By Nick Polak on June 26, 2020 at 8:51 am
Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions Fans hold up cell phone lights as the Blue Band performs prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium.
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As part of a continuing effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period through August 31. As a result, all in-person recruiting remains off limits, including campus visits, and any travel by coaches. This announcement confirms that the already in-place dead period scheduled for August will remain unchanged.

These restrictions have been in place for some time, and it's no surprise to see the NCAA make the decision to push the deadline back further.

The same announcement also allows for more flexibility with non-football fall sports in terms of starting dates for preseason practices.

The announcement reads as follows.

The Division I Council extended the recruiting dead period in all sports through Aug. 31. The Council met virtually Thursday afternoon.

The full Council and the Council Coordination Committee will continue to review the recruiting dead periods on a regular basis. A dead period precludes all in-person recruiting. Phone calls and correspondence can continue to occur.

Additionally, the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees indicated they are not planning to recommend any changes to the summer access model that was adopted last week, which permits institutions to begin summer countable athletically related activities in basketball beginning July 20 and may include up to eight hours per week of weight training, conditioning and skill instruction, with not more than four hours of skill instruction.

Council members also granted a waiver to modify the start date for preseason practice in sports other than football. Fall preseasons generally begin a specific number of days prior to the first scheduled regular season contest. The waiver allows teams to count back from the first-day contests are allowed, instead of a team’s actual scheduled first contest.

The waiver allows some flexibility for additional acclimatization for fall sport student-athletes who missed out on spring participation opportunities and accounts for schedule changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penn State's recruiting class currently sits at 12 commits.