Last night, I saw this visual on Twitter making waves, and the message it conveys is always worth revisiting.
The visual, from Free Recruiting Web is a collection of tweets from former Penn State offensive line coach Herb Hand (now coaching the offensive line at Auburn), Duke defensive backs coach Derek Jones, and SMU side receivers coach Justin Stepp, who all point out how a young person’s social media presence can have a direct reflection on their recruitment.
Take a look.
Athletes: Social Media says a lot about your character!!! A coach can meet the real you before actually meeting you! pic.twitter.com/F5ayEGFZjx
— Coach Ty George (@CoachTyGeorge) April 7, 2016
It’s not clear when the coaches tweeted each of those, but that’s really irrelevant to the message. If your players have aspirations of playing at the college level, make sure they’re aware that coaches are evaluating their social media right alongside their game film and 40-time and bench max. Those three tweets are prime examples.
Jones also dropped this relevant tweet earlier this morning.
Why should we put our livelihoods in your hands if you're not smart enough to know what you should or shouldn't post on social media? #Ap2w
— Derek Jones (@dukecoachdj) April 8, 2016
If you’re a high school head coach, it’s not only in your best interest to communicate this message to your players, but it would also be wise to devise some way to monitor the social media accounts of your guys. Assign it to their position coaches, or find another way, because it’s an growing trend that is costing talented high school athletes scholarships and it remains to be a very real issue college coaches are evaluating.