Sprinkled throughout each year are college football recruiting’s “quiet periods.” These are times when contact is limited between coaches of universities and college-bound athletes. In this article, we will take a look at what exactly these quiet periods are and why they exist.
What is the quiet period?
Per the NCAA website, a recruiting quiet period is when a college coach is only allowed to have face-to-face contact with a recruit or their parent while they are on campus. In fact, the NCAA defines contact as saying anything more than “hello.” The idea behind this, at its core, is to allow recruits to have some breathing room. Furthermore, coaches may not go to watch a recruit pay unless the competition is taking place on the coach’s university campus.
Difference between a quiet period and a dead period
The biggest difference between a quiet period and a dead period is that during a dead period, coaches may have zero contact whatsoever with a recruit or their parents, including if the recruit is on campus. During both of these times, a coach may still write letters or contact recruits electronically.
Current quiet period
The current recruiting quiet period runs from Feb. 9 through April 14. This period fits well as it allows coaches to focus solely on spring practices with their team. The first Spring Game was this past Saturday for New Mexico, and the last day of games are on April 28. Here are the list of Big Ten Spring Games courtesy of 247Sports.
Purdue: April 7 (Noon ET)
Illinois: April 7 (1:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan State: April 7 (5:00 p.m. ET)
Wisconsin: April 13 (7:00 p.m. ET)
Indiana: April 14 (Noon ET)
Maryland: April 14 (12:30 p.m. ET)
Minnesota: April 14 (1:00 p.m. ET)
Ohio State: April 14 (1:45 p.m. ET)
Rutgers: April 14 (3:30 p.m. ET)
Michigan: April 14 (TBA)
Northwestern: April 14 (TBA)
Iowa: April 20 (TBA)
Nebraska: April 21 (Noon ET)
Penn State: April 21 (3:00 p.m. ET)