But more and more, I'm finding that recruiting news is becoming much more popular with the mainstream. Why? Well, there's just so much more of it now. The paid recruiting sites like Scout and Rivals do great work and people are willing to dish out their hard-earned to read about how their schools are doing in the eye's of 18, 17 and even 16 year-olds...which is fine.
However, Twitter has become the giant elephant in the room, so to speak, when it comes to controversy associated with not only college athletes, but college recruits as well. While most collegiate athletic departments have rules and guidelines for student-athlete's to adhere to when it comes to how to behave in the brave new social media world we live in – those rules or guidelines probably don't exist for high school athletes.
Many college athletes, and college recruits, are on Twitter. And so are a large portion of their respective school's fanbases.
So, when 2013 Michigan recruit Logan Tuley-Tillman received an offer from Ohio State in the mail, and then proceeded to do this –
went batsh*t crazy.
How crazy? This crazy.
"I got threats coming at me from everywhere -- death threats," the Michigan football recruit said by phone Tuesday. "I got somebody telling me he wants me to burn in hell. I got somebody talking about the Holocaust.Sage words from a 17-year old.
"Why, 'cause I burned your team's envelope? Stuff like that I don’t understand. I’m only 17. It takes a lot of emotion for someone to do that, just over an affiliation to a school.
"But you know what? God bless 'em. I'm moving on."
Harrison Watson has since released a formal apology and has pledged to donate $2000 to the University of Michigan. A kind gesture, and the donation should go straight to the Mott Children's Hospital.
Obviously, Harrison and fellow Ohio State fans like him don't represent the entire fan base. But these guys are the one's making the most noise. It seems like Ohio State fans just can't get out of their own way lately. Just a couple weeks ago a convicted sex offender was photographed with newly-committed OSU linebacker recruit, Alex Anzalone. Once the picture hit Twitter, and OSU sent the sexual predator a letter, Anzalone quickly de-commited from Ohio State.
I'm I being unfair in singling out the Buckeyes? I don't think so. I'm aware that passionate fans exist for every school. But I don't want Ohio State fans reading this to think I'm picking on them. Don't confuse the 99% of you who are level-headed people with the 1% of morons I'm talking about here.
Twitter and social media are uncharted waters. For most of us, it's a way to connect with other people and share our interests. For some, it's another way to show the world just how crazy a stupid moron you can be...sports fans or otherwise.
Technology evolves the way we communicate. What we communicate is up to us. This will never change.