Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork reacts to extension of recruiting dead period, wants to see recruiting opened back up
If you missed the news, the NCAA has made the decision to extend the dead period in recruiting. In recruiting terms, a dead period means schools cannot host recruits for official or unofficial visits to campus and no in-person contact between prospects and coaches is permitted.
The dead period was set to expire on April 15, which left Jimbo Fisher optimistic that Texas A&M would be able to host recruits for the Aggies’ upcoming spring game set to be played on April 17.
Now we know that won’t be the case, as the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period through May 31.
“After careful consideration of all available information, the Council agreed that an extension of the dead period through May 31 was necessary,” said Division I Council chair M. Grace Calhoun in a released statement. “However, there is a strong commitment to use the next several weeks to outline the transition plan back to recruiting activities post June 1 and to provide those plans to prospective student-athletes, their families and the NCAA membership no later than April 15.”
This decision led Texas A&M AD Ross Bjork to express some frustration following the Division I Council’s ruling.
“This is very disappointing. We’ve made many advancements in protocols like rapid testing & social distancing measures to safely host families & prospects on our respective campuses. If we don’t have a clear plan for June 1, we are doing many young people a disservice. It’s time,” Bjork shared.
When June arrives, it will mark 15 months since prospects were allowed to visit with coaches in-person and take official and unofficial visits to campus.