On March 13, 2020 the NCAA made an announcement stating that all in-person recruiting across all NCAA Division-1 athletics would come to a halt. That 14-month dead period officially ended today meaning Washington State can now host recruits as well as visit them and their families.
Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich had been in his new role for two months when the announcement came from the NCAA and has since not been able to host or visit recruits. That did not stop him from trying new and interesting ways to get to know recruits including a time where he taped his phone to his hat and rode a bike around the campus and town to try and get a recruit to see what Pullman was like. Since then he, like the rest of us, has had to adapt to a virtual experience of life and trying to show the magic that is Pullman via Zoom and Facetime.
Even with the recruiting dead period, Rolovich and company managed to land the 59th ranked recruiting class for 2021 and have gotten three commits for the 2022 class. Expect that number to grow in the coming month as many high schoolers have delayed an announcement due to the fact that they have not met coaches in person or officially visited campus.
Recruits will have until June 27th to take official or unofficial visits to campus and then once again July 25th through the 31st.
On April 17, following much rumor and speculation that the NCAA would soon be lifting a recruiting dead period that had been in place since March 13, 2020, college sports’ governing body affirmed the news in a social media graphic that was promptly retweeted more than 3,000 times
Special thanks to Jeff Nusser of CougCenter for speaking with me on the Quack 12 Podcast during our deep dive into the Washington State roster.