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Football recruiting in the age of social media

Football recruiting in the age of social media ESPN


"Because of social media, fans know where recruits are at," Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said. "They know where they're going to a movie or where they're going to hang out that night, and more people are getting involved. I don't think any of us like that. We like to recruit guys like we always have, and that's with building great relationships with people and getting to know everybody that's important to that young man.

"All those outside influences, I don't think any of us are comfortable with that. They're getting a lot of people breathing down their necks and putting undue pressure on them and sending them the wrong messages about your program. They have enough pressure on them from the coaches. They don't need some guy with a computer or cell phone stalking them."

And in some cases, that's what it's turned into.

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This is why a lot of high school and college athletes use social media sparingly.

Johnny Football famously got himself off Twitter until May so he's not distracted till then.

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