A few days ago, Penn State offensive line coach/run game coordinator Herb Hand made headlines for tweeting out that he stopped recruiting a player due to their “social media presence.” Apparently, this practice is a more common than we know, as Georgia head coach Mark Richt said on Friday that he has also ended his recruitment of players due to their conduct on social media. Richt told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a player in the class of 2014’s actions on Twitter led to Georgia ending their pursuit of him. The Bulldogs’ coach would not disclose the name of the player in question.
Or we had one kid last year because of what he had on social media. He had some stuff on social media that we didn’t like. We keep an eye on all that.
“We told (the kid and) we told his coach (that) we don’t condone that, and he was a guy who was already committed to Georgia. And he persisted. Well, actually he changed his (Twitter) handle and continued to do that kind of thing thinking we wouldn’t find out. And we found out about it, and we cut him.
As Richt puts it, if you can’t trust a player to follow instructions while in high school, “then what’s going to make us feel like he’s going to do it when he gets here.” Still, this is a valuable lesson for recruits to learn, and maybe some will start to take social media more seriously now that they know it can impact their chances of playing football at some schools.