Friday, August 30, 2013
The Early Offer: Stoops, Meyer get social
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer join Twitter, demonstrating the power the social media vehicle has on recruits; Cameron Robinson’s decision is pushed back to next week, and one team is feeling better about its chances; and former four-star athlete Chase Abbington is making a big splash in the junior college ranks.
Welcome to Twitter Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer Twitter has become one of the biggest recruiting tools for college football coaches. Not only do they use it for communication with prospects, since the rules on electronic communication are more lax than phone calls. Tweets are also a great way to share recruiting propaganda and are more likely to be read compared to letters that pile up in a recruit’s mailbox. The latest coaches to embrace the new recruiting world order are Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff -- let’s see how it goes,” Meyer tweeted Tuesday after opening an account and quickly gaining 30,000 followers. Stoops has had his own Twitter account for about a year but it had always been set to private -- until Wednesday. One of his first tweets was about going after national championship No. 9. It was recruiting through social media at its finest.
Alabama and LSU fans will have to wait a little bit longer to find out where the nation’s No. 3 player, Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), is going to end up at. Robinson, a five-star offensive tackle, was originally slated to make his commitment today, but he pushed it back to 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Sept. 4. Robinson will announce his decision on ESPNU’s College Football Daily, and the RecruitingNation Hot Board still has him pegged to announce for the Crimson Tide. However, the confidence meter on the projection is moving higher and higher for the Crimson Tide, which could go a long way toward the Tide locking up the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.
Abbington fitting right in
When Class of 2013 four-star athlete Chase Abbington (St. Peters, Mo./Ft. Zumwalt South) failed to qualify academically for the Missouri Tigers, he could have given up his dreams of playing Division I football. But he decided to make the best of a difficult situation by heading to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he’s quickly become an impact player for the Blue Dragons. In Hutch’s first game, Abbington, who was ranked as the No. 258 player in the 2013 ESPN 300, rushed for 37 yards, had one reception for 14 yards, and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the field. “He’s come in with the right attitude and really hit the ground running,” Hutch coach Rion Rhoades said. “He’s going to be an impact player for us for the next two seasons.” Abbington originally turned down offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Nebraska and UCLA to select the Tigers. It’s a commitment he will honor while he’s at Hutch. Word is he will also become a key recruiter for the Tigers while he’s on campus, because the Blue Dragons are one of the most-talent rich junior college programs in the country.