A dead period starts today and goes through July 12th for football recruiting. What exactly does that mean? There is no face-to-face contact allowed. So no on-campus visits and coaches cannot visit a player’s high school.
Coaches are allowed, however, to contact a player via e-mail and social media. Phone calls are also allowed if the recruit initiates them. College coaches are also allowed to contact a recruit’s coach.
How does this impact Syracuse?
Over the previous several weeks, the Orange have hosted many of their top targets. Some have committed to Syracuse and some have gone elsewhere. But it has been a very busy month of June.
The dead period does not mean the Syracuse coaches will not be working. They will continue to contact their top targets via the means mentioned above. In fact, there is a possibility Syracuse lands a couple of players during this time.
Linebacker prospect Colby Reeder was thought to be deciding over the weekend, but did not for some reason. Efforts to contact him were unsuccessful on Sunday, but he could pull the trigger at any point. Syracuse seems to be the favorite here.
Another linebacker target, Dymelle Parker, is also someone who could make a decision in the next few weeks. Syracuse is also a favorite here. Expect Syracuse to stay in contact with both Reeder and Parker through the dead period.
One of their top targets on their entire board, Moe Neal, is trying to schedule a visit for after the dead period. Expect that to be finalized during the next couple of weeks.
Albert Okwuegunam is one of Syracuse’s top targets at tight end and he maintains he has high interest back in the Orange. He is trying to visit soon, and that is likely to happen towards the end of July. Don’t be surprised if it gets scheduled over the next couple of weeks.
Primarily, over the next few weeks, Syracuse will make a push with their top targets and try to set up visits for those who have not yet seen the campus. Despite the lack of in-person contact, it is still a critical period where they could be important activity.