Everyone knew that when Notre Dame started lining up official visits for June, it was pretty optimistic to think that travel would be open enough and social distancing practices relaxed enough for them to happen. Wednesday night, the NCAA announced it was extending the recruiting dead period through June, thus wiping all of the visits Notre Dame had lined up off the books.
Division I extends its recruiting dead period. pic.twitter.com/Gt2Aq1Mkb9
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 13, 2020
Notre Dame was very wise to start lining up visits for June when it looked like maybe they’d be possible getting out ahead of other schools. Now the Irish staff will be forced to reschedule all of those visits once again.
Initially, Will Shipley was set to be the headliner of a June 12th recruiting weekend that the Notre Dame staff had hoped would replace the monster week in March that was canceled right as the nation went into lockdown mode as the COVID-19 outbreak started to spread nationwide. Even if the NCAA hadn’t extended the deadline, though, Shipley wasn’t coming on that visit after committing to Clemson last week.
The Notre Dame staff had hoped that recent commitments Philip Riley and Jason Onye, both of whom committed without ever visiting campus, would be able to visit in June. Pat Coogan, who also committed to Notre Dame during the dead period, was planning on visiting in June as well even before he committed last month.
With the dead period extended, look for the Notre Dame staff to continue to adapt its recruiting methods to the current environment. In the past, they never would have accepted commitments from prospects who never visited like Riley and Onye, but given the uncertain times, the staff has adjusted.
We’ll know in another couple of weeks if the dead period will be extended even further.