What they're saying about recruits and social media

Here's a look at what some of those intimately involved in recruiting have to say about the issue.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 12, 2014
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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.”

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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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