Michigan WR Roy Roundtree, an Ohio native hailing from Trotwood Madison high school, committed an NCAA violation within the last hour. Roundtree, who caught a last second, game-winning TD pass to beat Notre Dame in September, tweeted directly at a 2013 recruit that is from his high school.
While this may seem trivial, it is in direct violation of NCAA bylaws on social media:
"NCAA rules do not allow comments about possible recruits on an institution’s social media page or a page belonging to someone affiliated with the institution. In addition, these pages cannot feature photos of prospects and messages cannot be sent to recruits using these social media technologies other than through their e-mail function."
Read more on the NCAA social media rules here: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace
The tweet that Roundtree sent was to LB Mike McCray, a player ranked #44 overall in America for the 2013 class, congratulating him on committing to Michigan earlier this afternoon.
What's the big deal? As an OSU writer, not a big deal to me. But Roundtree isn't even the first player this month to get in hot water for contacting a recruit on Twitter. On Saturday March 3rd, it was widely reported that Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert tweeted his excitement for the recruiting visit of 2013 prospect Jaylon Smith - ND player commits violation
Notre Dame immediately responded to the incident involving Eifert as a "teaching moment." Michigan has yet to comment on Roundtree's violation.
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**Update: Contrary to popular belief, McCray was NOT a teammate of Roundtree in high school. McCray was a 12 year old 7th grader during Roundtree's senior season at Trotwood Madison. No pre-existing relationship**
**Update 2: Spoke with NCAA staff member, does not matter if relationship between players was pre-existing or not, still a secondary violation**Back to the Ohio State Buckeyes Newsfeed