Update: Sandlin tweeted out a response to those questioning his tactics last night. As you can see, he wants you to know that there are a lot of grey areas in recruiting. He later deleted the tweet. Weird.
Earlier: It seemed we had gone too long without major controversy surrounding a college football recruit. Never fear, Notre Dame recruiting analyst J.R. Sandlin has filled the void. Sandlin, who is currently in his first year with the Irish, stirred the pot Wednesday night on Twitter with the below post. Keep in mind, NCAA rules prohibit those involved with a program to talk about recruits until they have signed an official National Letter of Intent.
Sandlin, without question, is tweeting about 4-star (according to 247 Sports) offensive/defensive tackle recruit Matt Elam, who hails from Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Elam has been offered by UK, Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville, to name a few.
Is Sandlin technically breaking the rules? Maybe not. He is not directly naming the player. But he certainly is making it obvious who he’s referencing, which the NCAA might take exception to. It’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, comes from Sandlin’s attempt at this kind of tactic.