I want to make this as clear as possible. If you are being recruited, or have hopes of being recruited, to play college sports, everything you do will be evaluated. You will be under intense scrutiny – and typically the better the program, the better the recruiters, the more intense this scrutiny will be. I have already discussed how the evaluation will continue when the coach visits you at school (First Impressions) , and during your official visit (The Official Visit) . Another area that you are being watched in, is Social Media.
If you are on Facebook and are being recruited, the coaching staff will check to see what you have been posting. If you are on Twitter, they will check your tweets. They will use Twitter to broadcast information to you, but will also check to see what you are tweeting about. The college and football program is making a big investment in you , and they want to make sure they have done their due diligence regarding not only your physical ability, also your character. Stories surface daily about coaches and programs that have dropped players because of poor decisions they make and then post about.
Most programs continue to monitor their athlete’s social media accounts during their career on campus. The unfolding situation at Columbia University has shown this. I suppose there are two factor involved here… making poor decision AND compounding the poor decision by posting or tweeting about it. If you make good decisions, you will have little to worry about.
Bottom line again – If you are being recruited, or have hopes of being recruited, everything you do will be evaluated.
In addition to these written posts, I have recently launched my YouTube Channel that deals specifically with the recruiting process. The channel can be found here : The YouCanDoMore YouTube Channel, and the complete playlist can be viewed here.
Jeff Floyd – firstname.lastname@example.org