Twitter Recruiting: The Creepy and the Creepier

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Twitter Recruiting (verb) – The act of taking to Twitter and openly recruiting high school kids to come to your favorite university. Often seen by grown men or overzealous fans.

thehand54 we’d love for you to be a #Hokie.Come learn from the best DC in the business! #LunchPailDefense #Foster

— Jordan Long (@JordanLong_4) February 12, 2013

It’s become a pandemic on Twitter these days. Am I allowed to tweet recruits?  Is my tweet going to make a difference in this kids recruitment? Can I be best friends with said recruit? When the coaches take a vacation, can I recruit for them via Twitter? The answer will forever be a resounding NO and will always be no.

Regardless of holding booster status or not, a fan is absolutely not allowed to tweet recruits. Especially in the form of openly tweeting (or recruiting) players via Twitter or any other social media platform. Not to mention it’s very creepy seeing a much older man tweet a high school kid like they’ve been best friends for years.

@drizzygetbusy01 you have no reason not to stay with MSU not that the idiot Roushar is gone.
— Nick Tafelsky (@Tafelsky) February 16, 2013

@drizzygetbusy01 Check your facebook inbox…sent you somethin.
— Brian Berrios (@Brian_Berrios) February 17, 2013

A word to the wise, never trust a man with an “egg” avi.

It’s a really bad look for your fan base, not to mention yourself,  to take to Twitter and put these high school kids on blast to pick your school. Considering these kids are making life altering decisions about their future, do you really think they’ll listen to you and your desperate pleas?

Wake me up when a recruit says that John Doe from El Paso tweeted “Hook ’em Horns!” to him one sultry February afternoon, and that forced his hand to commit to Texas. I’ll hang up and listen.

@joe_mainmixon Great place to announce to the world you are gonna be a #Hog One and only Razorback fam
— Drew Witter (@wittydwitter) February 19, 2013

@joe_mainmixon You will easily be invited…..remember You can give a silent verbal to Ohio State. Before then
— Daniel Novak (@Harbordan) February 19, 2013

Thanks for the advice, kind sir. Where would Joe Mixon be without you? Oh yeah, that’s right. Earning over 30 scholarship offers.
Yes, every fan base has these “Twitter recruiters”, including Michigan. When it gets to the point that every recruit that is looking at Michigan will “become a legend” if they commit to Michigan, it’s time to be a tad realistic.

@thehand54 you will be legendary at Michigan #GoBlue
— Goblue23 (@Goblue231) February 18, 2013

Granted, Da’Shawn Hand has a boatload of talent and will probably be a instant impact kid on the field immediately. You’re not helping Michigan’s case, fella.
The practice of Twitter recruiting has overrun Twitter timelines at alarming rates. People encourage, poke and prod these recruits and it’s just embarrassing to see. These 17-18 year-old kids will never be your friend, and will most likely never listen to what you, a nobody to them, has to say.

Boosters are not permitted to Tweet, Facebook or contact recruits in any way. Let the coaches do the recruiting.
— Michigan Compliance (@umichcompliance) February 19, 2013

 Preach, UMich Compliance. Preach it from the mountain tops. Let the coaches, you know, coach.

What is a booster? The NCAA spells it out for you, here. But, if you are incapable of clicking links, I’ll say it loud and proud for all to hear.

A BOOSTER IS A FAN. YOU, YES, YOU! FAN. YOU. BOOSTER. YOU=FAN=BOOSTER.

Did you purchase a ticket (or season tickets) to attend any athletic events recently? How about one of those nice WEON shirts or ANYTHING from the MDen for that matter? If you answered yes to any of these questions, YOU MIGHT BE A BOOSTER. Actually, yes you are a booster.

So, what are boosters not allowed to do? Say it with me kids, “DON’T TWEET RECRUITS”.

I can’t stress how important getting rid of Twitter recruiting is. It’s an annoyance, it’s creepy and did I mention that it is incredibly annoying for fan bases all over the country? You wouldn’t pick a random kid from a high school and tweet to him, why is tweeting a recruit any different?

The sad part to all of this is it’s never going to end. Because it’s not going to be governed and looked at by the NCAA. The NCAA will never take the time to find Twitter recruiters and punish the university for it.

It’s a violation committed every day, a violation that will never be governed. In the history of ever. So before you tell a recruit “GO BLUE, or O-H!”, think to yourself, am I really a creep?

@damewebb had me scared for a sec. Didn’t see it was you retweeting at first. We need/want you Webb!! #gobucks
— Zack Shell (@ZackWShell) February 15, 2013

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.

4 thoughts on “Twitter Recruiting: The Creepy and the Creepier

  1. Actually, if you buy just one ticket you are not a booster. You have to either donate, buy a season ticket, or a season ticket package. Otherwise any fan visiting, even if they root for another school, would be a UM booster.

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