In college football, if you aren’t recruiting 24/7 then you have no business trying to be one of the nation’s best programs. In this day and age, “recruiting” is much more than what we normally think about as far as phone calls, visits, mail, and sending semi-trucks to a recruit’s home.
The era of social media has been well underway for a while now, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are doing its best to make sure its recruits “feel the love” on those platforms. To do that, they send out special edits to the players to use on their social media accounts (images with the recruit in some type of cool manner).
With the 2019 NFL Draft kicking off last night for round one, Notre Dame wanted their recruits to get in on the action a few years early.
Good luck to the Irish tonight!! #irishbouNDXX ☘️☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/3V7CwjwWcU— Drew Pyne (@dpyne10) April 25, 2019
Good Luck to the Notre Dame Players in the draft! #IrishBouNDXX ☘️ #IrishCO pic.twitter.com/D9zmt1H2yL— Aidan Ikaika Keanaaina KAY-AW-NAH-EYE-NAH (@AidanAkfootball) April 25, 2019
Dreams to Reality #IrishBouNDXX ☘️ pic.twitter.com/dFZ12RZSd4— MAKARI PAIGE ¹ᵏ (@makaripaige) April 25, 2019
#IrishbouNDXX ☘️ pic.twitter.com/xBSzLbrAYC— Jordan Botelho (@Jordanbotelho_) April 25, 2019
#IrishBouNDXX @CoachBrianKelly @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/3jCCpmqkfR— Donovan Johnson (@donovanj_) April 25, 2019
#IrishBouNDXX pic.twitter.com/ZLyWbGXDtr— Lovie Jenkins#️⃣1 (@Lovie1k) April 25, 2019
These edits were just about a week after Notre Dame dropped some serious shade on Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines with a different set of images. Notice the score if you will...
#IrishBouNDXX ☘️☘️ pic.twitter.com/EClmGVlKO1— Michael Redding III (@ReddingIII) April 20, 2019
☘️☘️#IrishBouNDXX pic.twitter.com/6IPTuBfIci— AJ H3nning (@AJHenning3) April 20, 2019
For several years now, special hashtags on Twitter have been designated to recruiting classes. This year, that hashtag is #IrishBouNDXX.
I just have to say... that hashtag is just a little creepy and borderline NSFW.
While we will never really know how effective these things are, at least Notre Dame is right in the mix with the rest of the top programs in the country and is working hard day and night to recruit the best talent in the country.