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NCAA extends recruiting dead period yet again, this time through Aug. 31

It’s getting to the point where you wonder if the NCAA will pull the plug on the Early Signing Period entirely. For just this cycle, of course.

As the coronavirus pandemic effectively shuttered the sports world, the NCAA announced in mid-March that it was putting a halt to all in-person recruiting until at least April 15. That month, the dead period was extended through May 31. In May, another extension took us to June 30. In late May, it was extended out through July 31.

As we are less than a week away from the calendar flipping from June to July, the NCAA announced Thursday evening that the recruiting dead period has been extended out through Aug. 31. The latest edict impacts all sports, not just football.

“The full Council and the Council Coordination Committee will continue to review the recruiting dead periods on a regular basis,” a release from the NCAA stated. “A dead period precludes all in-person recruiting. Phone calls and correspondence can continue to occur.”