15 months later, in-person recruiting will finally be allowed on June 1.
According to a report by Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the NCAA council is set to convene this week in order to end the recruiting dead period that is set to run through May 31. The ban has been active since March of 2020 when COVID-19 initially shocked collegiate athletics. The dead period has been extended eight times since then, but the end finally appears to be in sight.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) April 11, 2021
The in-person dead period has put a stranglehold on recruiting from the perspective of both the student-athlete and the program in pursuit. Coaches have been restricted to communicating through Zoom phone calls, but the lifting of the ban will allow players to take official visits and speak in person with members of any coaching staff.
Plenty of schools across the country have already begun to schedule official visit dates for football recruits, and Kentucky has done the same in the last few days, with the expectation that this ban will get lifted on June 1. The report states that the NCAA Council will meet on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.