Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Troll's Fantastic Social Experiment In Recruiting News

I've stated this before: I hate covering recruiting. Yes, recruiting is an integral part of the college game, but the rankings that are issued are often based largely on projections by people who do not know what they're talking about.

Enter "Jonathan Paige". Paige is not a real person, he was a social experiment. "Paige" created a blog and a twitter account where he simply regurgitated reports from reliable sources, and wound up gaining some unlikely followers and gained a strange degree of credibility for someone who didn't really exist.  This basically underscores my belief that covering recruiting is a strangely voyeuristic and largely fruitless venture. One thing is for sure about recruiting coverage though, it gets page views like nothing else, and if "Jonathan Paige" proved anything, he proved those two truths above just about anything else.

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