The NCAA Division 1 council extended the recruiting dead period Wednesday due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
The dead period bans all in-person contact between recruits, D1 coaches and staff members. The council voted to extend the dead period through May 31 and committed to providing a plan to get back to in-person recruiting activities no later than April 15. Council chair M. Grace Calhoun said there will be a strong commitment to do so.
“After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 was necessary,” said Council chair M. Grace Calhoun, athletics director at Pennsylvania. “However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15.”
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) February 17, 2021
Alabama football last hosted recruits for in-person visits in March. It is going to be at least a year and a couple of months from that date before Alabama can host a recruit again. However, the Crimson Tide has been quite successful on the recruiting trail despite some big recruiting restrictions.
Alabama’s staff will continue to host recruits virtually.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith