Recruits will not be visiting college campuses in an official capacity anytime soon.
The NCAA will extend its recruiting dead period for all Division I sports through at least May 31, reports The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach. If they finally give kids the green light in June, it would be a 15-month stretch without official or unofficial recruiting visits.
The move will ensure that if Kentucky does host a spring football game, Mark Stoops will not be able to host recruits in an official capacity. Football coaches everywhere will be pushing for the embargo to end in June. That is when summer camps are hosted by colleges, the only opportunity coaches have to evaluate and coach prospective players in person. If this important portion of the recruiting calendar is eliminated again, teams will be rolling the dice on recruits more than ever.
From a basketball standpoint, there’s still a chance that shoe circuits will be able to operate during the traditional live July recruiting period, allowing coaches to scout players in-person at events like the Nike EYBL’s Peach Jam.
Like year-round recruiting, there are loopholes that can be found. Just because college coaches can’t host recruits for unofficial visits does not mean prospective students can’t visit campus. Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams organized an unofficial visit to Norman with other prospective recruits over the summer that secured a couple of commits for the Sooners without Lincoln Riley being involved at all.
The Oklahoma football example is an exception to the norm during this extended dead period of recruiting. The football and basketball classes of 2022 have already been dealt a bad hand. If the NCAA extends the dead period again, they’ll face more disadvantages than any other recruiting class in the history of recruiting.