“Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit’s education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit.”
Social media has expanded our ability to get information on anyone at any time. Everyone knows everyone else’s business. Rest assured that college coaches are learning about potential recruits by checking their facebook pages.
This can be a good thing or a bad thing for recruits. I recently sent a young lady’s info and video to quite a few college coaches. She is very talented and an excellent student. She has a great deal of potential which is what I presented to the coaches.
Within 5 minutes of sending her info I received an email from a coach at a very strong Division I program telling me that he really liked her academics and current times and would normally be very interested in recruiting her and probably offering her a solid swimming scholarship, but after looking at her Facebook page he is no longer interested.
I called this young lady right away and she had no idea that coaches were looking at facebook. The stuff she put on her page was mostly just having fun and joking around with her friends, but the coaches don’t know this.
She has since cleaned up her Facebook page and gone private, but the damage was already done.
Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit’s education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit.
So, if you don’t want a potential coach to see it, don’t put it on Facebook.