Sure, facilities, opportunities, and a chance at glory are probably still important when it comes to college football recruiting, but if we're reading the trends correctly here, it seems like today's high-schoolers and tomorrow's college players apparently really, really get a kick out of seeing themselves talked about on social media.
Or at least that's what college football personnel seem to think.
We already noted that one of the first noticeable changes new coach Mark Richt made to the ways the Miami Hurricanes operate is a tendency to use Twitter aggressively during the recruiting process. Richt and his assistants have been broadcasting their recruiting trips in 140 characters or fewer to all of their followers.
That's fun and all, but you know what people really, really loves to see on Twitter? Fights.
That's exactly what FSU recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster and UM assistant director of player personnel Jorge Baez got into last night.
Miami Central's Navaughn Donaldson is a four-star prospect who has been rated one of the top 20 linemen in the nation. He has already verbally committed to the Canes, but other teams are still actively trying to sway him.
Baez took to Twitter to remind everyone where Donaldson stood without mentioning the player directly.
But Brewster reminded him verbal commits aren't set in stone, and that he'll be in Miami this week to recruit.
@Coach_Baez Lmao!!! I ll be in my backyard tomorrow! It's a NoleNation!— Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) May 17, 2016
Baez replied with a Rock GIF.
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At least Uncle Luke was amused.
We guess this is just what college football recruiting is
We've come a long way since the time Randy Shannon once banned all Hurricanes players from having Twitter accounts.