The NCAA has extended its recruiting dead period through May amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organization announced Wednesday, meaning Division I and Division II schools are prohibited from recruiting high school players in person.


Last month, the NCAA first established a dead period through April 15 because of the public health crisis, prompting the cancellation of on-campus official and unofficial visits.


The extension wipes away the spring evaluation period for football programs, which ordinarily allows for assistant coaches to scout recruits at their high schools. The next evaluation period is not scheduled to take place until September, barring changes to the recruiting calendar.


Like other schools across the country, Ohio State has largely compiled a list of targets for its 2021 recruiting class and has garnered 15 commits to build the nation’s top-ranked class eight months ahead of the early signing period.


But the end of the April 15-May 31 evaluation period could pose more challenges for how the Buckeyes’ staff evaluates prospects for their 2022 class, which includes players who are finishing their sophomore years of high school.


The Division I Council Coordination Committee and Division II Administrative Committee, which opted to extend the recruiting dead period, will re-evaluate at a later date whether it needs to be continued further.


If the dead period continues into June, it is likely to affect planned official visits.


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