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‘It’s just such mayhem’: How coronavirus concerns may affect college football’s recruiting calendar

Jimmy Lake refuses to speak in hypotheticals.

For example, the Washington Huskies’ first-year head coach acknowledges that the NCAA instituted a mandatory recruiting dead period — meaning that his staff cannot travel to communicate with or evaluate a prospect, or host recruits on campus visits — until April 15, to hopefully slow the spread of COVID-19. He knows that, had the coronavirus not effectively suspended all sports nationwide, that time would instead be classified as a “quiet period” — when coaches cannot travel for recruiting purposes, but are permitted to host prospective student-athletes on campus.

But beyond April 15, when it comes to the recruiting calendar, he doesn’t know much more.