Social media has taken the recruiting world by storm. The NCAA prohibits fan contact with prospective student-athletes, but those policies are virtually impossible to enforce.
Here's a look at what some of those intimately involved in recruiting have to say about the issue:
Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow linebacker and 2014 OSU commit: “I didn't really pay any mind to it. It's actually kind of funny to see the things that they say.”
Jonathan Alvarez, Mesquite, Texas, offensive lineman and 2014 OU commit: “Because I had committed so early after my offer, I didn't really have that. But right after I committed, I had tons of people follow me and tons of people message me. I just felt great. I thought, ‘This is the love you get when you go to Oklahoma.'”
Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe quarterback and 2014 OU commit: “For some, I think they just do it for fun just to mess around a little bit. I don't think it really has an impact, but then again I think some people are somewhat persuaded certain ways just depending on how much they feel that they're really going to be needed at a university. I don't think it plays a part in everybody's recruitment, but I think it can affect some people.”
Dylan Harding, Jenks defensive back and 2014 OSU commit: “I think it just kind of depends on how the recruit is getting the attention, because a lot of times you'll see recruits tweet things to gather attention from schools for that purpose. With me, I never really got annoyed and it didn't sway me in any way because I knew it would happen. It just kind of goes along with the recruiting process, I think.”