SMU Coach Gives Inside Look at How the Team Monitors Recruits on Twitter [PHOTO]
During SEC Media Days this summer, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema revealed that he has actually turned down recruits based solely on the name or content of their Twitter profile.
Now we can actually get a sense of how coaches track this information thanks to SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone. He took to, you guessed it, Twitter to share a picture of a recruiting chart he uses to track what a kid is posting to the social media platform.
As you'll see in the picture, the notes are thorough on this particular SMU commitment.
There doesn't appear to be much that this coaching staff doesn't track. It's very Big Brother-esque to see how detailed the notes are, but this is the world we live in now. At any time, a coach or fan can log onto a recruit's social media account and find out just about anything they want to know.
The alarming part is that anything shared on Twitter can easily be taken out of context or blown out of proportion. The line "No Misconduct besides the retweets" is a perfect example of that. A simple click of a button could put someone else's words or thoughts into your mouth and potentially cost you a scholarship offer.
It's obvious that these coaches are trying to send a message to high school players. Whether this judgement is fair or not, social media profiles might now mean as much as 40 times or vertical jumps.