The NCAA Football Oversight committee has recommended that the recruiting dead period be extended once again through April 15, 2021. That would be three and a half months after the current date of January 1st.
It is expected that this recommendation will be formalized at the NCAA council meeting next Wednesday. The recruiting dead period was originally changed in March of this year as spring sports were cancelled and has since changed many times.
By the time April 15th comes, coaches and recruits will have not met face to face in over a year.
Many programs have already found ways to adapt to the COVID-era of recruiting and operating. Zoom calls, virtual home visits and virtual office visits have become the new norm. While most schools are still in the full swing of this by now, an extension of the dead period just confirms that coaches will have to continue to be creative and adaptive. Coaches and their programs have had to become more savy with technology, iPads and video calling apps. However, this new way of recruiting has eliminated one of the most important parts of the recruiting process and thats the personal connection.
The extension makes sense from a safety and heath perspective but it undoubtedly presents challenges for the class of 2021.
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