With the on-going Covid crisis, there is still a lot of uncertainty, and due to that, the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period yet again!
We are certainly in unprecedented times. It’s been months since the NCAA and other organizations shut down all sports, and it still all seems surreal. Especially for us Arizona fans, who’s community revolves so much around Arizona Athletics.
With so much uncertainty at this point, it makes sense that virtually all sports organizations are taking all the necessary precautions moving forward, and with recent spikes in Covid as well, I feel we could see more cancellations/ postponements happening.
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With that said, the NCAA has again announced yet another extension in the recruiting dead period, this time extending it until August 31.
As you may recall, the NCAA had done so already, but with recent events showing that Covid is still a big problem, it has sort of forced the NCAA’s hand in extending the dead period which makes sense.
For those that don’t know, it basically means that there is still no face-to-face contact. Coaches are not allowed to watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools, however, they can still contact recruits and their parents during the dead period.
Certainly doesn’t sound too unreasonable, as it makes sense given the current circumstances of things, but nonetheless it is still noteworthy.
Luckily for us, it hasn’t had too much of a negative impact on Arizona on the recruiting trail thus far, however, I can’t help but think part of Arizona’s major selling point is their beautiful campus, and you can’t really experience all that virtually.
As it stands, Arizona’s football recruiting class ranks 66th overall, and No. 6 in the Pac-12 which is solid. Nonetheless, it is hard to quantify where things would be under normal circumstances. Maybe they would be even better?
However, it is great seeing the coaching staff being able to adjust and make the most out of their opportunities. As we stated, we are in unprecedented times, and you got to just roll with what you got!