Based on all of the happenings over the wild, wild, weekend, I think we can be certain of one thing - Internet and Social Media matters - A LOT!
I don't think we could have even dreamt the kind of haul we had this weekend without Twitter and Facebook. These guys have built friendships (led by Shane) over the past few months - almost all of it through social media. And once things got going, there was a tremendous amount of virtual peer pressure thing happening over the weekend which probably netted us at least 2 or 3 kids who would not have otherwise announced this early.
I also think, without social media, having kids commit this early is not necessarily a good thing. You are giving other schools a year to poach your kids while you have to juggle offers that you send out and make sure that the committed kids stay that way. Having a virtual group of peers to help your kids stay in-line makes that a ton easier.
So my question is. What do you think the coaching staff needs to do in the future to help this movement grow? We all know that Hoke is not a big Internet guy. Will that hurt us in the long run when we do not have an active in-class recruiter like Shane? Who is the most active guy on social media among the coaching staff? Do you think perhaps they should hire someone just to manage that aspect of recruiting?
This is a brave brave new world...