College recruitment can be a frightening kind of animal. There's always been a certain aspect of recruiting that always takes place in the shadows. When some of the darker elements of recruiting are brought to light, scandal often erupts. While it's one thing for schools and coaches and representatives and even agents to be involved, it's quite another for athletes to be bombarded with recruiting pitches by fans.
In one case earlier this year, the activity of an Ohio State fan who happened to be a sex offender led to a linebacker decomitting after a picture was posted on Twitter. That's when recruiting and the activity of fans takes on a whole new level of unseemliness. I suppose it's another example of the college football culture that needs addressed.
And now with Penn State players free to transfer, fans of schools all around the country have been tweeting players pleading with them to transfer. It's like watching a pack of hyenas surround a wounded wildebeest. In particular, the @ mentions of star RB Silas Redd is a disturbing look inside this world. In some cases, individuals have sent multiple tweets to Redd almost daily urging him to come to their school. It's a fascinating, yet troubling look into the continued fallout at Penn State and the priorities of some in the wake of the Penn State tragedy.
Man this is sincerely crazy...I would just like to say get a life. I'm no better because i'm commenting on the story in my way but who thinks like that just to write "come", "stay" or "go" unless you are a friend? It's like they are just shouting at a 20 year old kid and are completely ignorant to the fact that this decision will affect the rest of his life. Whatever he decides will be amongst him and his family, and his friends will be the first to know. I think this whole ordeal represents a low point in American culture. This is almost a cultural 9/11...
@momentofsilas25 - Years from now, do you want to look back and know that you stuck by a school that wouldn't even protect innocent children? Is it worth it to graduate from an institution knowing that the valuation of your degree may be considered marred by unethical behavior at the top ranks of the school? Is it worth being subject to fans like those above that attack your character and direct profanity at you?I'm not a fan of college sports. I have nothing in this fight. If it were me, I'd consider just what type of people I want to be forever associated with and then let that be my guide.
1) Wouldn't you want to look back and know that you helped rebuild a school during it's lowest moment? Wouldn't you want to be remembered as willing to stay and work hard instead of taking the easy way out and leaving? Wouldn't you want to stick together with your teammates?
2) Wouldn't you realize this is not just a football decision? There is no way that that a degree from Penn State will at all lose value.The many respected professors had absolutely nothing to do with what happened. http://www.psu.edu/ur/rankings/
3) Penn State has some of if not the best fans and student section in the nation. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1206554-power-ranking-the-top-50-college-football-student-sections/page/51
Although you admit you aren't a fan of college sports and are unbiased you should at least have an idea of what you're talking about before you post a passive-aggressive comment such as the one above.
Don't forget this great moment in twitter recruiting history: http://aldland.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/twitcruiting-or-oklahoma-has-the-internet-now/