The recruiting dead period stretched over a full calendar year. Coaches and staff members across the country had to get creative in their process while official and unofficial visits were off limits, as was live evaluations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On June 1, that all comes to an end. The NCAA will allow schools to resume official and unofficial visits in recruiting, which should really open up the floodgates this summer.

Friday, Ohio State assistant director of player personnel Mark Pantoni and director of on-campus recruiting Erin Dunston spoke with reporters about the opportunities official visits will create for the program and prospective student-athletes on the football side.

Ohio State has already done an incredible job on the recruiting trail without official visits. Currently, the Buckeyes own the nation’s No. 2 ranked recruiting class in the nation, behind only Georgia. There are 12 players committed to the class, 10 of which are either 4- or 5-star athletes.

With the 2021 class, Ohio State once again had the No. 2 ranked class nationally, behind Alabama.

Here’s what Pantoni and Dunston had to say about the end of the recruiting dead period and what it could mean for the Buckeyes this summer: