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NCAA set to end dead period on June 1

The influx of visits from recruits to Lexington should be glorious to watch.

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The 15-month dead period has continued for the NCAA. Recruiting has taken a big hit as visits are restricted and many players haven’t received that first-hand experience of a college university.

That may soon be over.

The NCAA’s recruiting dead period may be nearing an end as a new report is indicating a June 1 lifting of the period.

Here’s how CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd phrased his report.

“Everything I’m hearing, we’re headed toward June 1,” a source close to the NCAA Council said.

The main part of the dead period is no face-to-face contact with coaches and recruits. That’s pretty important for high schoolers to figure out what the feel of each big-time campus is.

“The NCAA Council this week is expected to set an end date of June 1 for the long-standing recruiting dead period, multiple sources told CBS Sports. The dead period was imposed in March 2020 after COVID-19 shut down college sports. It was extended eight times over the past year as the global pandemic raged, the last time in February,” Dodd continued with.

The Kentucky Wildcats currently have four four-star recruits coming for the Class of 2021. They also have 14 five-star recruits. With recruiting being altered dramatically for this inbound class, the Wildcats will get to showoff their state-of-the-art programs for the 2022 recruits.

That said, Kentucky has won three straight bowl games, so their football program is starting to come around. Kentucky’s basketball program speaks for itself and hasn’t had any trouble bringing in high-profile recruits.

It’s great to see the dead period ending in the near future, but it’s assumed there will still be some changes made to how recruiting will be until Covid-19 is completely ended.