The NCAA has suspended in-person recruiting in all sports through at least April 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Schools received the directive from the college sports governing body on Friday, one that was to take immediate effect after the Division I Communications and Coordination Committee passed emergency legislation.


The committee established another recruiting dead period, a time in which coaches are prohibited from hosting prospects on official and unofficial visits or traveling to see them on their high school campuses.


Phone calls, text messages and social media messages between coaches and recruits are still permissible.


The decision came a day after several major conferences, including the Big Ten, announced that they were prohibiting their schools from doing in-person recruiting.


Ohio State’s football program took similar steps on Wednesday as one of the first schools to institute recruiting restrictions prior to the league-wide halt.


Coach Ryan Day announced then that his staff would not host any visits on campus or allow coaches to travel on the road through April 20, citing the university’s travel guidelines.


The Buckeyes currently have the top-ranked class in the nation for 2021, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, with 10 commitments.


Prior to the passage of the emergency legislation, the period spanning from March 1 through April 15 was a quiet period for teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision.


During a quiet period, recruits are able to visit college campuses.


The April 15 date, which will prompt the NCAA to reevaluate the recruiting dead period, is when an evaluation period begins, allowing for coaches to travel to see recruits.


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