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NCAA Athletics: Recruiting Dead Period to End

Seems well overdue.

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In what is much overdue, the NCAA has announced they will end their recruiting dead period on June 1st, 2021.

The dead period has basically been in affect since Covid started to wreak havoc on the United States last Spring.

While I understand and realize why the NCAA kept pushing this date further and further back, it seems long overdue that the dead period should be, well, dead. With college students in person, athletes working out in full force, I don’t see why we could not see High School Athletes in small groups come to campus for a tour.

In what has become more popular, many class of 2022 athletes have been taking their own personal visits. This weekend, class of 2022, 4 star defensive end, Joe Strickland, did his own campus visit to Purdue.

Over the past year, college coaches have essentially recruited players to their program via zoom, phone calls, text messaging and social media. That can be a hard sell for young kids trying to find their next homes - as well as college coaches that are trying to find the right fit for their program.

Purdue, who has been very successful in early summer visits with recruits, will be able to do so again this summer. In years past, some of our highest rated commits have given their verbal after coming to Purdue in the early summer.

While the 2022 class will be a small one, it is vital for a team that is finally starting to grow old.

With mostly everyone about the age of 16 having an opportunity to get a covid vaccine by June, it only makes sense for this door to open back up for potential college athletes and for coaches to be able to recruit their programs.