No, no, no, no, no. These celebrity recruiting photoshops have got to stop. Now.
The latest in a disturbing trend of college coaches photoshopping recruits in next to female celebrities was brought to us by the folks at Wake Forest, a distinguished institution of higher learning that is now apparently dropping down to the level of People magazine to try and attract student athletes.
Like the efforts of Tennessee with Shy Tuttle (reminder: those efforts involved a Beyonce photoshop on a Rolling Stone cover, for some unknown reason), combining Kengera Daniel, a top defensive end for Millbrook High in Raleigh, with Kim Kardashian makes pretty much zero logical or thematic sense. Putting the pair of them on People magazine projects an equal lack of sense, if only because Kengera Daniel is definitely not picking up a copy of the latest People from the checkout aisle the next time he’s at CVS.
The bigger question is why any of these coaches think this method is a good idea. Is it working? As far as we can tell the recruits thus far have just found the entire enterprise hilarious (just check the emoticons). It certainly doesn’t seem to be helping these teams’ cases in any material way.
Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe this is the future of recruiting. If it is, let us off at the next exit, before we get a photoshop of Missouri QB commit Drew Lock snuggling with Nicki Minaj on the cover of Scholastic.