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1) With the no-contact recruiting period extended through 2020, what are your expectations on National Signing Days? December gets cancelled, only a February signing date? Or maybe an April/May date? – st_andrew
Chris Coleman: For those that missed it, the NCAA recently extended the no-contact period for recruiting to the end of the calendar year. That means coaches can’t have in-person contact with recruits either on-campus or off-campus. In effect, that means coaches aren’t allowed to conduct in-home visits, meet with prospects on campus, or even go to a high school game and scout players in person.
Like everything else, I think this situation is fluid, though since it now extends past the December signing date, then I could see a scenario where there is no December Signing Day at all. I’ve been on record as saying that if guys can’t take official visits to schools, then that puts the December Signing Day in jeopardy. My guess is that at some point that December date will be cancelled.
The bigger question is whether the early February Signing Day is kept, or if it is pushed back as well. Let’s say that visits do happen to be opened back up on January 1 (I have my doubts that will happen, but let’s just say it does). That means that recruits would have a full month to take official visits before that first Wednesday in February. That would cram a whole lot of visits into just one month, but it’s doable.
I wouldn’t bet on things being opened up in January, though I hope to be wrong. If they aren’t, then it’s possible that the February Signing Day gets pushed back as well. As you said, April/May would make the most sense. I think it’s possible that this entire 2021 class could sign without being able to take official visits.
That brings up a different topic. If there are no official visits at all before these guys sign, then many of these players will enroll at a school they’ve never visited. Some could get there and say “man, this place is nothing like the virtual tour I got, and I don’t like it at all.” Will the lack of visits actually lead to even more player transfers a year or two from now?
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…what a mess....
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