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College staffs turn to Twitter for recruiting edge

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014
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Recruiting is the lifeline of college coaches and with teenagers using social media like Twitter to communicate, some football staffs have pushed the boundaries of NCAA regulations to reach top high school recruits.

National Signing Day is Wednesday and the stakes are high.

The NCAA allows schools to confirm they're recruiting a specific unsigned prospect, but coaches can't comment on that recruit's athletic ability, how he'd contribute to their team or the likelihood that prospect might commit to a particular school.

Some coach and staffers are bending the rules, tweeting thinly veiled references to prospects without naming them.

Jen Vining-Smith, Notre Dame's assistant athletic director for compliance, says it's an issue in which the NCAA would prefer schools to handle potential problems among themselves.