NCAA extends recruiting dead period

Ross Houston
April 4, 2020

As expected, the NCAA announced Wednesday it has extended the recruiting dead period through May 31.

The Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level was actually in a recruiting quiet period up until March 13 when the NCAA made a decision to switch back to the dead period in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"The most restrictive of all the recruiting periods is the NCAA Dead Period".


Coaches can still communicate with recruits via text, Zoom, FaceTime, phone call or other virtual means of communication. It restricts coaches from meeting recruits in person, whether on campus or off campus.

Amid the initial wave of cancellations because of the virus, it had been in place until April 15.

I was able to speak with a dozen different college coaches over the past weekend regarding the impact of the coronavirus.


The previous dead period had been extended until April 15. The next football evaluation period comes in September.

A dead-period extension through May 31 affects different sports in different ways. These dead periods are factored into many NCAA sports' recruiting calendars during a normal season. However, the NCAA has pushed that back further in an updated response to COVID-19.


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