Now that the NCAA has extended its recruiting dead period once again due to COVID-19, Kansas football and basketball will have to adjust once again along with every other program.
For the fourth time since March, the NCAA has decided to extend the recruiting dead period, this time through August 31. The dead period means that there is no face-to-face contact allowed between recruits and coaches for any sport; however, coaches can still contact recruits via phone, email, text, etc. For Kansas football and basketball coaches Les Miles and Bill Self, they’ve been dealing with these restrictions for months now, and both coaches have found ways to still be effective and land solid recruits.
Kansas football actually hosted a “virtual junior day” that showcased the different aspects of the campus and Kansas football. It was a really good idea to try and reengage that class, and it’ll almost certainly have a positive effect for recruiting that class.
On the basketball side of things, the Jayhawks have landed one recruit in their class of 2021: Zach Clemence a four-star prospect from Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita. Clemence is a really good start to Kansas’ 2021 class, and he could help lead the Jayhawks to a five-star recruit as well.
Kendall Brown is a five-star recruit who’s teammates with Clemence at Sunrise, and it’d be awesome if Brown decided to commit to Kansas as well. Brown does have one Crystal Ball prediction, and it’s in favor of Kansas basketball.
One thing that’ll be interesting to keep an eye on is whether or not the 2021 and 2022 classes as a whole have a higher number of transfers compared to other classes. If the numbers stay about the same, that could change the way recruiting happens, since it’s much easier and cheaper to virtually “visit” a recruit.
On the other hand, virtual visits aren’t as personable as actual physical visits, so when things go back to normal in terms of recruiting, in-person visits will likely become prevalent again.