The NCAA extended the recruiting dead period an additional month through July 31 on Wednesday, marking the third extension in the past two months in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The initial dead period was set to expire on April 15 before the. It was then and was set to expire June 30 prior to Wednesday's announcement.
"The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period for all sports through July 31," the NCAA said in a statement. "The committee also determined that starting June 1 strength and conditioning coaches may virtually observe voluntary physical workouts for health and safety purposes, but only if requested by the student-athlete."
The committee's decision to allow strength and conditioning coaches to virtually observe players is a new wrinkle that falls in line with the trend of many programs across the country. This week, theit would allow voluntary on-campus workouts for all sports starting in mid-June as states slowly ease back on restrictions amid the pandemic with football's fall training camps looming.
With the extension through July, a huge and critical chunk of the college basketball recruiting calendar has been wiped clean. In normal years, the July recruiting period is a key evaluation month on the AAU circuit for coaches across the country to visit events and evaluate players, including the well-known Peach Jam in Augusta, Georgia. College football isn't as affected, however, with June and July typically consisting of either the quiet period or the dead period. The final nine days of June and the first 24 days of July were previously slated to be a dead period.
Recruiting will not stop entirely, but the dead period is an obstacle for coaches to overcome as it prevents face-to-face contact, including on-campus visits, in-person scouting, or in-home visits. Coaches can still make contact with recruits through text messages, phone calls and written correspondence.