Welcome to the newest way for fans to become unofficial football recruiters. Social networking sites Facebook and MySpace have become a hotbed for fans to connect to prospects and — in some cases — put them down.
Nebraska recruit Will Compton told the Daily Nebraskan that about every fourth message on his Facebook wall is from a fan of a team recruiting him. In some cases, a fan from a rival team will leave a mean-spirited message.
"It gets annoying sometimes," Compton said. "People forget that I'm a person, too, and not just a football player. I have other things going on in my life other than football."
There are even organized efforts among online recruiters. At least a dozen Facebook and MySpace profiles set up for each major college team and have disclaimers stating they have no affiliation with the team they are promoting.
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