It’s an ugly secret about high school recruiting in the social media age: student athletes get attacked by crazed fans.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the lunatic fringe of an already intensely passionate base group of fans would go overboard and harass young athletes in the only way they can, on social media. Now at least one senior football player has had enough, with native California linebacker Caleb Kelly receiving hate mail on Twitter from Oklahoma fans who are conceivably anxiously awaiting his announcement that he’s headed to their program; the Clovis West senior is widely considered to be favoring Oklahoma ahead of Notre Dame and Oregon, not to mention other power programs which have offered the teen, including Alabama and Michigan.
You can see the messages directed at Kelly because he quite helpfully tweeted them out for everyone to see. Beware, there’s at least one inappropriate word in there.
Kelly is one of the nation’s top uncommitted recruits, a five-star prospect who clearly could make a difference for any program he decides on, whether it’s Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Oregon or another surprise program altogether. Most of the public prognosticators expect Kelly to end up at Oklahoma come National Signing Day, which makes the attacks at Kelly all the more confusing.
Clearly the attacks aren’t going to help Kelly end up at Oklahoma, though he seems to have tough enough skin to brush it off and make sure it doesn’t keep him from the Sooners, either. Regardless, it’s a bad look for the fan, a bad look for the university he supports by association, and yet another headache for an uber-talented young athlete who just wants to be a teen without the pressure of college football for a couple more days.