The NCAA announced Wednesday an extension of its recruiting dead period across all sports through July 31.
“The extension maintains consistent recruiting rules for all sports and allows coaches to focus on the student-athletes who may be returning to campus,” council chair M. Grace Calhoun said in a statement, who is also the athletic director at Pennsylvania. “The committee is committed to reviewing the dead period again in late June or early July.”
Recruiting dead periods prevent coaches from having face-to-face contact with recruits. Communication is still allowed to an extent between coaches and recruits through text messages, phone, email and social media within the contact rules.
Since the NCAA first enacted the dead period on March 13, Western Michigan football has secured nine of its 10 verbal commits for its 2021 class during that time frame.
Kyle Derickson, director of player personnel for WMU football, explained to the Western Herald in April how the program can still reach athletes and be effective on the recruiting trail through an extended dead period.
“Right now it’s graphics, it’s continuing to talk to the kids. With coach Lester’s program, we have our three core values, where as you used to talk to the kids more about those values once they got on campus and you could show them on the walls and meeting rooms, now it’s something that we just have to talk a little bit more about via text, via DM, putting it in graphics and getting it out to them so they understand the program,” Derickson said. “That’s another piece about coming to campus, it’s not just seeing the bells and whistles we have, but understanding the culture that coach has with our team and making sure it’s the right culture for them and that they fit this culture.”
Recently, the NCAA announced it will begin allowing student-athletes to perform voluntary workouts at team facilities beginning on June 1, where strength and conditioning coaches can virtually observe.
With the state of Michigan being under a stay-at-home order until June 12, Western Michigan has not announced when it will allow its students back on campus.
The Mid-American Conference also has not announced what its plans are regarding schools in the conference conducting voluntary workouts.