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Life after college has not been so kind to Johnny Manziel. But the Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M standout still has clout as an Aggies legend and has flexed that status, firing off tweets to top recruits left and right in an attempt to get them all aboard that hype train to College Station ahead of today’s National Signing Day.
Not surprisingly, the NCAA isn’t cool with such shenanigans and essentially told Manziel to cease and desist with the recruit-targeting tweets, which he revealed, fittingly, via tweet.
From Sports Day:
NCAA bylaw 13.02.13 (c) states that former players cannot “be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.” This means that contact may only be initiated by prospective players.
As the recruiting season heated up, Manziel took to Twitter to pitch his alma mater, Texas A&M, to several of the Aggies key targets, including four-star safety Leon O’Neal, who is expected to sign with A&M at 10:30 a.m., and four-star wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who will decide between A&M and Alabama at 3:30 p.m.
By most accounts, A&M still came away with a pretty solid National Signing Day, nabbing more than 20 recruits including O’Neal.
Waddle ended up signing with Alabama, but hey — you can’t win ’em all.
Obviously Johnny Football doesn’t hold ultimate sway over where recruits decide to take their talents; Jimbo Fisher has that. And while the NCAA will be keeping a closer eye on Johnny’s recruitment tactics going forward, I don’t doubt that he’ll be able to find and exploit at least a couple loopholes.
The question, though, is whether or not it’s good for A&M in the long term to have a pro bust as one of its biggest recruiting tools. Depending on how Johnny’s comeback tour pans out, it may be A&M telling him to cease and desist..
[via Sports Day]
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