Last month, the NCAA decided to suspend on- and off-campus recruiting until April 15th due to the spread of the coronavirus. However, on Wednesday, it announced that the dead period for recruiting would be extended through May 31st. This latest extension means that there will be no official or unofficial visits for football recruits, which are frequent in the spring. Spring evaluations also won’t take place, and basketball spring signees and transfers may need to make a big decision without ever having visited a school.
Mike Ridaught is the editor and publisher of ThePrepZone.com, the foremost website for high school sports in northeast Florida.
Courtney Moore of P.K. Yonge has been recognized as the Gainesville Sun’s Big School girls basketball player of the year, while Jayla Williams and Antania Mason of Hawthorne were selected as The Sun’s Small School Girls Basketball Players of the Year. Moore, who has signed to play college basketball at East Tennessee State, averaged 16.6 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 steals for the Class 3A regional semifinalists. Williams averaged 11.5 points, 6.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 5.4 steals per game and Mason averaged 10.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 2.2 assists per game for the Class 1A state champions.