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Fleck Returns To Recruiting After NCAA Lifts COVID Restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 14: The helmet of Mike Brown-Stephens #22 of the Minnesota Gophers is seen before the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at TCF Bank Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Eagles 35-32. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck spoke for many coaches nationwide last December when he noted he still hadn’t shaken the hands of about half the prospects who were about to sign with his program. Those days finally are coming to an end. The NCAA has lifted the recruiting dead period that has been in place since March 13, 2020, due to the pandemic. The NCAA returns to its usual recruiting calendar Tuesday. That allows prospects to meet coaches in person and for coaches to conduct live evaluations of recruits.

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