NCAA shuts down in-person recruiting through June

The NCAA shut down another large chunk of the summer recruiting calendar Wednesday, extending its pandemic-induced dead period through June.

That means no in-person recruiting visits will be taking place, including a scheduled official visit period for football recruits from June 1-21. Basketball coaches also had several evaluation dates scheduled during the month for NCAA-approved events. Those will no longer take place.

The NCAA has already canceled its College Basketball Academy in July, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) have recommended to the NCAA that its dead period extend until July 31.

As in-person recruiting continues to be put on hold, the question is how the calendar may be adjusted and how recruits will make decisions. At this point, it’s likely many 2021 recruits will end up taking official visits during their senior seasons.

Some, though, may end up committing without ever taking an official visit.

This week, a USA Today analysis found more than 600 football prospects in the 2021 class have verbally committed to FBS programs. That doubles the number of recruits committed at this point last year.

Football was already scheduled to have a dead period from June 22-July 24.

In basketball, the IU men’s program received a verbal commitment from 2021 big man Logan Duncomb in April, and he had not made an official visit to campus. At the same time, he had visited unofficially previously.

Other recruits have chosen to wait, hopeful there will be opportunities to visit schools later in the calendar. If the NCAA does follow the NABC’s guidance and shuts down recruiting activities in July, that could wipe away major AAU basketball events like Nike’s Peach Jam from July 8-12. 

The NCAA announced Wednesday it would revisit the recruiting dead period May 27 and it could be extended at that time. The NCAA also announced it was indefinitely extending its deadline for early entrants for the NBA draft to withdraw, which would have been June 3. A deadline will be set once the NBA’s timeline for a pre-draft process becomes more clear.

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