We won’t be hearing the words “YAHTZEE” for a while, that’s for sure. The NCAA has just pushed back the end of its recruiting dead period by several weeks – now, there will be no recruiting nationwide for Division I and Division II athletics through May 31.
Previously, the NCAA had suspended all in-person recruiting through April 15. However, new developments in the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak have caused the organization to push back that timeline. The news will apply to both on and off-campus recruiting, and it officially shuts down the key spring evaluation period for college football in the process. It also means most transfers (including grad transfers) in all sports will have to choose their new schools without ever having physically been on its campus.
Here’s a look at the NCAA’s announcement, posted on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon.
While the dead period means coaches cannot have face-to-face contact with recruits (including home visits, Junior Days, and official and unofficial campus visits), it does not completely cut-off communication between prospective athletes and their potential coaches. Texts, phone calls and (presumably?) Zoom conference calls are still permitted.
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the decision is not an unexpected one. Still, it’s another update that shows the 2020 college football season will be far from normal.