Tweetgate: Recruits receive offers from Norvell’s account
CAMPUS CORNER — Curious case this morning involving Oklahoma receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and a handful of 2013 recruits.
The following six high school players — all top-flight receivers with myriad offers — received tweets from Norvell’s Twitter account …
Ahmad Fulwood – WR, Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Uriah LeMay – WR, Butler (Matthews, N.C.)
James Quick – WR, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.)
Demarcus Robinson – WR, Peach County (Fort Valley, Ga.)
Rashaad Samples – WR, Dallas Skyline
Ricky Seals-Jones – WR, Sealy (Texas)
Each of the six received this stock message: “This is Coach Jay Norvell from Oklahoma. Cel (405) 431-XXXX Would like to offer you a Full Scholarship to Oklahoma. Call me!”
Seals-Jones was told about a March 4 Junior Day: “(W)e would like you to come and spend the day with us at OU!”
Samples was told “(w)e have to get you a new picture for you (sic) Twitter account. BOOMer!”
Robinson was told “we have the best Offense in the country for a WR Here at OU!” And: “We want you to be a Sooner!”
As I understand it, since it’s a “quiet” period until April, the tweets would be a secondary violation. The DMs would have been, as well, but … well … they’re discrete. These messages are not.
Samples is the only player I’ve seen that has responded. He first wondered if Norvell’s account was hacked, but now that message is gone. He then said the offer was legitimate, but I don’t see that one now, either.
All that’s left is this: “I hope coach Norvell don’t get in trouble man.” And: “Man that’s messed up if he get in trouble over that … Smh.”
All the tweets are things coaches practically would say in the course of recruiting. There’s no reason to believe Norvell’s account was hacked, other than the tweets were public instead of private. (I haven’t made that mistake, personally, but I know a lot of people who have.) I’m assuming Norvell, either way, will be getting a new cell number.
Embarrassing for Norvell, OU, no matter how it’s sliced. The perils of social media, I suppose.
Here are screen caps of the tweets, courtesy SBNation.
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