Add recruiting to the long list of sports-related activities being set aside due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The NCAA has officially suspended all on-campus and off-campus recruiting activities and has set up a temporary recruiting dead period for all sports – including football and men's basketball – through April 15.
Division I Council Coordination Committee bans in-person recruiting: pic.twitter.com/pdBT45w2hW— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 13, 2020
That means no official visits or unofficial visits, contacts or evaluations can be made during that time period. Phone calls, text messages and scholarship offers, however, will still be permitted.
On Wednesday night, Michigan and Ohio State football made two of the first team moves related to postponement of recruiting, suspending all official and unofficial visits through April 20. Off-campus recruiting visits were also halted.
On Thursday, many programs and conferences suspended their own recruiting activities, the NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships and the Big Ten Conference suspended all organized teams activities until April 6.
Now that the NCAA has stepped in with its ruling on recruiting suspensions, it creates a universal decision to maintain a balanced playing field.