If you are an avid Twitter user, you may have heard the famous rules of twitter made popular by columnist Erik Malinowski. Rule No. 1: don’t tweet.
If you are being recruited by a school to play a sport, it may be in your best interest to apply the rule to your own Twitter habits, or at least be careful of what you say.
SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone tweeted out a picture on Tuesday morning that lists specific things that the program watches for on potential recruits’ Twitter accounts.
The bullet points on SMU’s list of notes, which focus on one unidentified prospect, include “inappropriate videos or language in his retweets.”
The list also mentions positive bullet points that would seem to be beneficial for the recruit, such as “Tweeted the score of the SMU game last week.”
This may seem like an extensive measure, but schools across Division I athletics are putting resources behind monitoring potential recruits on social media.
How schools view conduct on social media varies, but it appears to be treated like a background check for many programs.
How it is applied to different recruits would be an interesting factor to consider, as well. For example, would a program deny a No. 1-ranked recruit because of what that individual posted on Twitter?
Regardless, it is important that all potential recruits be aware that this is happening.
Think before you tweet.
We have a team of people who monitor what recruits are putting on social media. Watch what you tweet and retweet. pic.twitter.com/MNjrwSbuEd
— SMU Coach Van Malone (@SMUCoachMalone) September 16, 2015