NCAA recruiting dead period pushed through August

The NCAA has pushed its recruiting dead period through August because of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting an end to the possibility of summer visits for recruits in 2020.

This is a bigger deal in basketball, where there was some hope for evaluation days later in the summer. Official visits on campus could have happened, as well. But now coaches remain sidelined from in-person recruiting, on or off campus.

In football, August was already scheduled to be a dead period.

A month ago, the Division I Council pushed the ban through July, putting a serious squeeze on coaches’ ability to meet face-to-face with prospects, essentially canceling the bulk of AAU basketball. This latest move also guarantees that official visits will not happen until universities open for their fall semesters.

Indiana plans to open its campus to students on Aug. 24.

A ban on in-person recruiting activities not only has an effect on rising high school seniors that are still trying to pick a college, but it could potentially hinder 2022 prospects in kickstarting their recruitments heading into their junior campaigns.

In some areas of the country, showcase events are up and running, including in football and basketball. Summer baseball is also underway. But college coaches can’t be there to watch.

For seniors in the 2021 class, a continued lack of days to get on campus puts them in a position to weigh waiting for more information or just committing now, resigned to the fact that there is no new information coming and a scholarship could be lost if another prospect commits first.

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