Take the L (as the kids say) on this one, pastor.
Tweeting at recruits, especially the ones who spurn your favorite team, is not a good idea. No tweet will change a high school football player’s mind.
One of the first big surprises of the Early Signing Period was 5-star safety Daxton Hill flipping from Alabama to Michigan. It was a final twist in Hill’s saga. He was committed to Michigan prior but announced a flip to Alabama on Dec.8. Wednesday morning, however, he signed with Michigan to surprise many around the country.
Obviously, the news disappointed Alabama fans. But, folks, don’t tweet at recruits. In this instance, Michigan’s director of recruiting happened to notice a tweet from a Pensacola, Fla. pastor (according to his Twitter bio) and apparent Crimson Tide fan.
“Welcome to the mediocrity in Ann Arbor,” wrote Tim Coleman. “Low character guys deserve [Michigan coach Jim] Harbaugh!”
You have to hand this one to Matt Dudek, Michigan’s director of recruiting, who saw it and responded with a simple tweet. Coleman’s original tweet has since been deleted.
— Matt Dudek (@Thee_Matty_D) December 19, 2018
Signing periods provide some of the most intense edge-of-your-seat suspense in college football. Decommitments and flips are part of recruiting. Just don’t tweet at recruits – especially when your team’s class is still ranked No. 1 in the country.