Posted: 12:11 am Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson on Twitter recruiting 

By Michael Carvell

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is a must-follow on Twitter (AP)

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is a must-follow on Twitter (AP)

Georgia Tech’s football program is light years ahead where it was this time last year with a Twitter presence.

Coach Paul Johnson has been a rising star on Twitter in the college ranks sine he began actively tweeting last March. He’s a must-follow, especially with his witty and candid comments (in the offseason) at @GTPaulJohnson

Most of Georgia Tech’s assistants are also on Twitter.

Twitter is arguably the most powerful tool in recruiting, outside of a personal contact, because just about every elite prospect has a Twitter account. Many of them stay on Twitter throughout the day, and are regularly exposed to positive comments (or Tweets) by the college coaches they follow.

Twitter is also rapidly growing in popularity as the way for college coaches and prospects to communicate with each other via Direct Messages.

“It’s a way to get ahold of kids but you could always email them and do that kind of stuff,” Johnson told the AJC. “The correspondence has changed so much that most of the time they’re either calling you or hitting you up on email or stuff like that. I think if you talk to our assistant coaches, they’d tell you that they probably get hit up on Facebook more than anything else.

“But it’s a way of texting with Twitter, with Direct Messages. There’s not a lot of difference between that and texting. It works really good for that.”

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12 comments
StingerSplash
StingerSplash

Shoulda asked him about staying in the 140-character limit for Twitter.

BigIrishMike
BigIrishMike

The HC or someone on his staff has to be on twitter. 90% of the hs ball players are using it so when in Rome....

Also players feel wanted when coaches tweet about the player in turn the player can show his friends and say see they do want me !

 On the other hand it is a great way for other coaches to keep up with what you are doing for your team.

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Birmingham_  I agree!   Twitter & Facebook in the hands of people that can't pronounce 3 syllable words are always going to end up a disaster.  They prove it day after day.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

LOL... I can sympathize with Paul Johnson who didn't use online media prior to being a HC. 

Facebook and Twitter are sad excuses for human interaction and communication.  And they're apparently about as addictive as cigarettes.  Blogs obviously can be too!  I've never used Twitter or Facebook.  Never will. 

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@AugustaJacket @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt@POAD2013 

I have actually had the same thought.  But I just don't think it would be feasible.  I know his family takes him to their home on occasion, but I imagine they have considerable help in doing so.  It's worth looking into though.  That's a month-plus away, so anything is possible, I guess

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@POAD2013 @AugustaJacket 

If I am able to make it to the Spring Game, which I definitely PLAN on doing, I am going to try to get there early enough to go by to see him.  That's probably the only time I will be able to get to Atlanta again until at least July

juvenal
juvenal

talks to kids all the time-at Church, soccer-but i cleared a check to teach CCD, can't be too careful about coaches, these days........wonder if the Army & Navy coaches have this problem....

juvenal
juvenal

thought you did not comment on twtter topics.......