Even with spring football over, there is still plenty going on at Clemson. Senior writer Matt Connolly is ready to answer whatever questions you might have. You can submit your question for the “Question of the Day” here. Today’s question is about the recruiting dead period.
Any idea when the NCAA will allow on campus recruiting?
— Dianne McKenzie (@Tigrrrfan) March 28, 2021
Recruits have been barred from taking unofficial or official visits to college campuses for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, it appears as though the dead period will soon come to an end.
CBS Sports reported on Monday that an announcement is expected to be made later this week declaring that the dead period will be over June 1.
That would allow recruits to begin taking visits to campuses this summer. Prospects have only been allowed on campuses for self-guided tours or to attend games (including spring games) as fans over the past 13 months.
Clemson signed 18 players in the class of 2021, including three who head coach Dabo Swinney never met due to the pandemic and rules that were put in place last March.
“I kept thinking they were going to open things up and allow prospects to come in and we could visit with them,” Swinney said in December. “That never transpired. This year in all that we couldn’t do, we had to figure out what we could do.”
Once recruits are allowed on campuses for visits, Clemson is optimistic about being able to hold camps this summer in all sports. That includes the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.
Swinney’s camp has historically played a big role in helping the Tigers to evaluate high school talent and see how recruits react to instruction from Clemson’s staff. Recruits who earn an offer from Clemson oftentimes do so after working out for the Tigers in person at Swinney’s camp.
It also gives high school prospects an opportunity to impress coaches and potentially earn a scholarship.
The return of camps would be a positive move for Clemson’s staff, as well as potential prospects.
No dates have been announced yet for Swinney’s camp, but it is typically held in June.