The Holiday season has descended on the Big Blue Nation and despite several intense pleas to Santa, Kentucky football fans should not expect any new commitments for Christmas. The recruiting “dead period” for college football began earlier this week, making any new commits unlikely. It seems that a lot of people are confused as to how the dead period works, including myself, so I decided to do some research and share my findings with you, Constant Reader.
“Dead Period” is a bit of a misnomer. It leads you to believe that there is no recruiting going on for a month. I’ve talked to a lot of fans who assumed this to be the case, then were confused to hear about coaches contacting players this week. Don’t worry folks, there has been no violation. During a dead period coaches are permitted to call a recruit once per week. They are also able to send emails and letters to prospective players during the period. Like usual, players can call coaches at ANY time.
The spirit of the dead period is that no face-to-face recruiting is going on. Coaches can’t visit players. Players can visit campus, but only unofficially, and can’t meet with coaches while they are there. Coaches cannot attend players sporting events in order to evaluate them. These rules, when combined with limiting phone calls, were put in place to give recruits and their families a break from what is often a 24/7 process. Exceptions are made for players who plan to enroll mid-year from JUCO or high school so the coaches can talk to Reese Phillips, Steven Borden and Za’Darius Smith as much as they want.
So don’t expect any breaking commitments until after UK’s mega-recruiting weekend that they have set up for January 11th, the staff has only had a couple of weeks to assemble and identify players that they want. Securing 2 commitments already is quite impressive. But don’t be disappointed, instead of Christmas, 2012 is shaping up similar to Chanukah. We have received presents almost daily for the entire month of December, hiring Stoops, Neal Brown, DJ Eliot, Chad Scott, Schlarman, Peveto and signing a top JUCO player? That qualifies this as one of the best Decembers in recent Kentucky football history.