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Arkansas recruits react to new social media rules

By: Richard Davenport Richard Davenport's Twitter account
Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte running back Maleek Williams committed to Arkansas on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte running back Maleek Williams committed to Arkansas on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

Beginning Aug. 1, the NCAA loosened up rules on social media and allowed college coaches to like or retweet prospects. Coaches are still forbidden from making comments about recruits.

Arkansas commitments and prospects had mixed emotions about the new rules.

Running back commitment Maleek Williams of Punta Gorda, Fla. Charlotte:

“It’s cool. It shows you who’s been looking at your stuff.”

Receiver commitment Koilan Jackson of Pulaski Robinson:

“Well I don't know what to think about it actually. But as a recruiting tactic, it might show players that coaches are interested in them or something like that.”

Quarterback commitment Daulton Hyatt of Attalla, (Ala.) Etowah:

“I never really understood the rule that they couldn’t, so I think it's a good thing.”

Offensive tackle Chuck Filiaga of Aledo, Texas:

“I didn't even know it was allowed, but I know everyday no matter what coaches are always looking at their athletes on social media to see what kind of person they are and for me, I'm not much of a social media guy so it truly helps me a lot and stay out of trouble.”

“I think it'll be better for some athletes and show them that coaches are actually watching what they do.”

Offensive lineman Aaron Banks of El Cerrito, California:

“It really isn't a game changer. It doesn't give anybody an edge to me.”

2018 quarterback commitment Connor Noland of Greenwood:

“Weird.”

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