In another move to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, all in-person recruiting activities will be on hold until April 15th. This move comes after an eventful day where college sports shut down completely for the rest of the year. All conference tournaments shut down, several schools shut down their sports, and then came the big one. It was announced that March Madness would be canceled. The Coronavirus has continued to spread across the United States and the world.
Although this was heartbreaking news to millions of college basketball fans, it is most likely the right move to make in these uncertain times. Earlier today, the NCAA instituted a “dead period” for in-person recruiting. They also advised that schools cancel all on or off-campus recruiting visits for prospective recruits until further notice. These are yet more moves and decisions being put in place by the NCAA to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus.
NCAA has suspended all recruiting on and off campus for all sports until at least April 15, source told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 13, 2020
Coaches and recruits are still allowed to communicate through phone calls, texting, and email. As long as it does not involve meeting in person, any communication is alright. This may put some schools in difficult situations, especially if they have not filled their roster for next year. There are also a handful of top 100 recruits who have not made their decision yet. Only time will tell how this affects coaches and recruits, but for now, all in-person recruiting activities will be on hold.
There is still no word on how this outbreak will impact seniors that did not get to participate in the canceled 2020 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA is debating options at the moment.