In the past years social media has become such a focal point in college athletics. Most of these recruits coming out of high school are very big into social media. I would figure its hard not be when you have all of these fans of different schools following you and tweeting at you to attend there school. In the past when social media wasn’t as big, not as many people probably knew much about the recruits coming out of high school. Now, these kids of 17-18 years old are dealing with stardom before they even arrive in the college athletic circuit. Having this much spotlight and popularity at a young age is probably a lot to deal with. Every little thing you say or do can be criticized or taken the wrong way.
Social Media will make you think twice about something you tweet or post on Facebook, because you know there are so many people watching you. There have been many social media scandals and people forced to delete their twitter accounts by their coaches for something they had posted. For example Cardale Jones the former quarterback of The Ohio State 2015 National Championship team, back in 2012 when he was a third string quarterback he tweeted “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS”. He was forced to not only delete his tweets but his whole account for not abiding by OSU’s social media policy. He has since rejoined twitter and is now a pretty big hit for his tweets.
This is just one of many incidents that have happened due to the stardom and popularity these teenagers & young adults receive.