NCAA football recruiting has been dead for a long time. Or more accurately, the current “dead period” in recruiting, when college coaches in all sports are not allowed to host recruits or visit them at their homes or high schools, has extended for over a year now.
The 2020 dead period was first implemented back on March 13 of last year, when the NCAA called off the NCAA Tournament, — and it has been, um, alive ever since. This prolonged dead period has changed recruiting in the present, and perhaps for forever.
That said, the NCAA Football Oversight Committee plans to recommend that the “dead” period become a “quiet” period on June 1, per CBS Sports.
What’s the difference? Well, for starters, football programs would then be allowed to bring prospects to campus for recruiting visits and to hold camps.
“If the NCAA Council approves the measure, there will be a sense of liberation,” wrote Dennis Dodd of CBS. “You may have been cooped up in your house; football recruiting this past year has been reduced to the screen size of your laptop.”
The NCAA Council is expected to make its final decision Wednesday. CBS Sports reported a high-ranking member of the council as saying it “seems pretty likely we will end the dead period in June if virus cases continue to decline.”