Tats as a recruiting tool?

Submitted by natesezgoblue on May 30th, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Were free tats used as a recruiting tool?  I know it wouldnt be a huge deal for myself to get free tats but there are tons of kids that have a good deal of ink.  Had host players said things like "when you play here you can get free tats for autographs".  If so how many players did we lose out on?

 

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a2_electricboogaloo

May 30th, 2011 at 11:14 PM ^

from the SI article that the tattoos had much influence in recruiting.  It's might be possible— from reading Michigan recruiting interviews, it is clear that recruits spend time with players, and if the tattoo parlor was a major hangout for players, then the recruits could have visited the tattoo parlor—but I don't really think it's likely.  I think the car benefits would be a lot bigger of a factor—like how Pryor 'borrowed' a corvette from a Ohio State booster living his home town.  Also, in the SI article they mentioned the rigged raffles at Ohio State summer camps, which could've influenced the recruits more.

 

Tl;dnr  Probably not, but theres a lot of other illegal things that could have influenced recruits.

DGDestroys

May 30th, 2011 at 11:36 PM ^

Don't get your knickers in a knot. High schoolers can be stupid, but the likelihood of them choosing one school over another simply because of a couple of free tats they could get down the road is minimal.