Per Jeremy Crabtree at ESPN Recruiting Nation, Under Armour All-Americans were asked three questions regarding team fan bases and how they impacted their recruiting.
Here are the three questions and results:
1. Have fans on social media influenced your recruiting process?
74/90 All-Americans said No.
2. Which fan base did the best job of recruiting you on social media?
Georgia - 9
Michigan - 7
Penn State - 6
Alabama, LSU, and Oklahoma - 5
3. Which fan base was the most annoying on social media?
Tennessee - 9
Texas - 8
Alabama - 6
Michigan - 5
Florida, Miami (YTM), Nebraska, and Texas A&M - 4
I don't know how to embed his tweets, but I'll try in the comments below.
Morale of the story; Don't tweet at recruits or their parents and coaches, and don't be a jerk on social media if you can't follow rule #1. But please, follow rule #1.
Thanks and Go Blue!
I know some of you don't use Twitter, or can't access the Periscope app, so I thought I would post this link from Isaiah Hole's Periscope account.
He's been cool enough to give fans a glimpse inside of Michigan's satellite camps while he's photographing and such for 247. There are three videos as of right now from the satellite camps in Antioch and Los Angeles (California). In one video, Harbaugh runs the QB accuracy competition, which is pretty neat if you haven't seen him run it before. The other two videos focus on the tag game.
A few observations/notes: 1). Don Brown IS the loudest person on the field, even with Harbaugh on the blowhorn. Coach Brown is awesome hands down with the energy he brings. 2). The camps are run really well and move methodically at a circuit training pace. You can sense the professionalism that the staff brings and I'm certain this is why a lot of people who have participated/watched these camps--critics included--have said nothing but positive things about the way Michigan runs them. 3). Coach Wheatly is impressive, to say the least. Watch the 22:00 min mark of the Antioch video (23:59 in length) while he works hands-on with Najee Harris and another camper. He brings it solidly as a coach. 4). Trolls most prominently from MSU and Alabama enter the latest broadcast to show their obsession with Michigan and Coach Harbaugh. Isaiah Hole begins overtly blocking them for being douchebags.
P.S. If anybody knows of any other sources for watching the satellite camps, could you please post them. I'm going through Michigan Football withdrawl. Thanks in advance. :)
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.
Seems like Jim Harbaugh may have just joined twitter under the name:
There have been no tweets just yet. No clue whether this is the real Jim Harbaugh, but the account is followed by the @umichfootball and @umich (2 official UM twitter accounts) which makes me lean towards it being him.
Harbaugh on twitter could be real interesting, hopefully it's real!
(Edited to add a link to the twitter account and to remove the"Maybe" from the title. This looks to be Harbaugh's legit twitter as several posters have said below).
Some of you may not even care about this, but it definitely caught my eye. The last tweet from the Michigan Football account (@umichfootball) was sposored by Cadillac.
Dave continues raking in the cash. If we don't let him put advertising in the stadium, he'll do it any way he can.
EDIT: This wasn't intended to be an indictment on the athletic department. Just was interesting to notice.