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College football fans get social with recruits

by Jason Kersey Modified: January 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014

Tim McGinnis, a self-described Oklahoma football “fanatic,” jumped on board the Twitter recruiting train about six months ago.

“I just dove right into it,” McGinnis said. “I didn't think twice about it. The other teams are doing it. … You have some sense that you can kinda sway them.”

The 39-year-old Ada resident said he wasn't aware until recently that contacting recruits is an NCAA violation, but also that he doesn't see how those rules are enforceable.

“That would be tough to say, ‘Hey, I can't be friends with Joe Mixon,' you know?” McGinnis said.

Although McGinnis acknowledges he's “probably a little more over-the-top” than most fans, he's hardly alone when it comes to tweeting at recruits.

For example, a few days after the Sooners' Sugar Bowl victory, an @ComeToNorman Twitter account was started, with its stated purpose being to persuade recruits to sign with Oklahoma.

Blake Reichert is an 18-year-old OSU fan from Edmond, and said he doesn't regularly tweet at recruits, but will on occasion if the thought crosses his mind.

“I feel like it usually doesn't influence them or amuse them, but as a fan you like to be involved as much as possible,” Reichert said.

Former players and boosters also have publicly lobbied recruits via social media. Last year, former Oklahoma State great Thurman Thomas tweeted at five-star receiver Laquon Treadwell, who ended up signing with Ole Miss.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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