On occasion, I will wander over to Eleven Warriors, largely because they often have something or other about Michigan. There is a decent article by Ramzy Nasrallah about the plague of fans who personally tweet at recruits.
This article is a followup to a previous article he wrote on the same topic.
Inside the article, Ramzy highlights at least one Ohio State fan who abuses twitter, with the handle Laostar7. Ramzy writes,
Don't get too upset with Laostar7. There are hundreds of Laostar7s. Rather than taking a flamethrower to Ohio State's many intrusive sports enthusiasts I chose to showcase only one. Every fan base has a sparkling collection of Laostar7s. The numbers of members enlisted in these brave militias vary by school.
I hope the number of Michigan fans doing this is slim. But earlier in the article, there is reference to at least one Michigan fan who uses twitter to contact Ahmir Mitchell, among others: John Peters.
LINK: John Peters.
Reading Ramzy's article, and then following the link to @John_Peterz and to Laostar7 is disturbing. And it reminds me why I have zero interest in twitter. Ok, there is a use to twitter, but it isn't for me. Regardless of whether you tweet or not, heed Brian and Ace and Seth and Ramzy, and have NOTHING to do with EVER contacting / tweeting / insulting / calling / talking to a recruit you don't have a prior personal connection to. It is wrong, an invasion of personal space, counterproductive, and for those of us over 30, downright creepy.
My Specific Situation
There is a Michigan recruit who I might have the opportunity to meet. I'm wondering how weird it would be to talk to his kid about why I love the University of Michigan. I wear a Michigan hat a bunch, so it's possible that my thoughts would not be unsolicited.
Some context: I am a MAN (graduated from college). I would not usually talk to this kid. I have no inappropriate interest in children. I don't plan on trying to bribe him or anything like that.
1. Is it okay to seek out recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
2. Is it okay to talk to recruits and encourage them to come to Michigan? (If it depends, please say on what it depends)
3. Is it okay to follow recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
4. Is it okay to communicate with recruits through their social media accounts? (If it depends, please say on what it depends.)
Just for the record, of the above, I've only done #3 through twitter. I don't think it's creepy to watch a Michigan recruit play football, so going to the kid's games isn't listed.
I have been working at the stadium since February and have not met a single notable Michigan figure since I have been there. The one day Lloyd Carr came through and shook hands with my crew I was at a different job filling in for a day. Figures.
Today, however, I was out with the guys for breakfast and in walks Tate. I thought briefly about trying to get a 'see, I got proof' pic with him and then realized I didn't want to be the guy that bugs the 19 year old phenom in the middle of a southern omelet. We got up to pay and I turned around and he was right there. I shook his hand and wished him good luck against Penn State, and that was that.
It was cool to meet someone in person that we all talk so much about on the boards. It was one of those rare, unexpected things that you won't forget. Has anyone else had any of these experiences, and should I have gone for the photo op? For the record, he actually might be a legit 6'1"!