Over the last few years I've noticed more and more fans contacting recruits and current players via social networking. I do think there should be some kind of guidelines as far as this goes. I'm going to list a couple of do's and dont's but feel free to add your own. I'm noticing way to many people crossing the line and moving more into the creeper/ stalker territory and I would hate it to result in losing a recruit.
If you are in High school or under 22 it's ok to "friend" a potential recruit or current player on Facebook or twitter. It is ok for you to tweet or post positive comments regarding a game or combine performance. However it is not cool for you to comment on personal issues such as their family,friends or relationships. You are not really these people's friend so interjecting your opinion is completely inappropriate. It is also not cool to trash other schools that a prospect may be interested in. In fact I'd leave kind of recruiting tactics completely up to the coaching staff. If a prospect commits to a different school it is far beyond crossing the line if you insult him or any of his friends/followers. It makes all of us look petty and trashy.
If you do not meet the age requirements above you shouldn't contact recruits at all. Unless you are a reporter trying to get a story there isn't any reason why a grown man that is a total stranger should be contacting a child that is underage. It is just plain creepy and as a father I would be very upset if some strange man was contacting my child on Facebook or Twitter.
If you follow some of the writers from this site or any of the other recruiting sites on Twitter you will notice that they retweet quotes from recruits and players. You have to treat these tweets as pieces of info that a writer is passing along. It is ok to retweet those messages because you are just passing the info to others. However it is not ok for you to reply to the recruits tweets. Once again you are crossing over into older guy randomly reaching out to underage boy territory. I know a lot of these recruits and players are constantly putting their business out there for everyone to see but it's up to us fans(especially adults) to be responsible and not intrude into their private lives.
I am a big time diehard Buckeye fan and I think we have the best fans period. I just want to make sure we represent ourselves in a way that is perceived as passionate and not as psychotic fan boys.