Social distortion

— Cameron D. Robinson (@crobinson_68) September 6, 2013

That's the approach four-star athlete John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) has taken. He's dead set against diving into social media because he seen enough strange things from fellow recruits such as his cousin, four-star offensive lineman Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco).

"Damien was telling me about how some UCLA fan told him on Twitter he would name his next child Damien if he came there," Smith said. "I told him, 'Wow, that's a big commitment by that fan. He must really want you.' There are fans like that all over the place, especially on Twitter. I just didn't want to expose myself to all that crazy."

Smith's approach is uncommon, though. He is one of only three players in the top 25 of the ESPN 300 to not have an active Twitter account, and 81 of the top 100 players have active accounts and have tweeted in the past week. So do all the recruiting pitches from the fans really make a difference?

Jackson said he has learned a lot about schools and college towns from what fans send his way. But he also said he won't make his decision based on what he hears from Revels or any other fan.

Other high-profile recruits agree.

"This is my life and not theirs," No. 1 offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) said. "I would be a fool to listen to what some person I never met before says, especially some crazy fan on Twitter."

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