Strategy Session: The Final Stretch

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Recruiting is in its stretch run and schools are looking to close out strong in class of 2014 recruiting. Signing Day is less than two months away. Though Virginia Tech has had most of its class filled for a while, there are still some top targets left on the board. Before we take a look those recruits, lets take a look at where recruiting is right now for those high school seniors.

Recruiting Calendar

– We are in a Contact Period that lasts through December 15.
– A long Dead Period begins on December 16 and lasts through January 15.
– The Contact Period resumes January 16 and lasts through February 1. There is a “Quiet Period” on February 2 before another Dead Period from February 3-6
National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 5.

The NCAA definition of the Contact Period is as follows:

“During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.”

While assistant coaches may visit recruits multiple times (but not more than once per week) during this time, a head coach is only allowed one in-person visit with a recruit.

The NCAA definition of a Dead Period is as follows:

“During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.”

Official visits are not allowed during a Dead Period. After the weekend of December 13-15, no official visits will be allowed until the Dead Period ends in mid-January. Official visits are allowed during a Quiet Period.

January Enrollees

Ford, who was just named Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year, will enroll at VT next month.

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