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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Johnny Manziel told to stop tweeting at Texas A&M recruits to avoid violation

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel has been trying to do his part this recruiting season to help his alma mater land some of the top players in the country, but the former Texas A&M quarterback is going to have to tone that down — at least publicly.

On Wednesday, which was National Signing Day for college football, Manziel tweeted that he has been told he can no longer reach out to recruits due to “controversial NCAA rules.”

As Alex Miller of the Dallas Morning News notes, the rules are pretty clear in this instance. NCAA bylaw 13.02.13 (c) states that former players cannot “be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.” Prospective players can initiate contact, but Manziel can’t go around reaching out to high schoolers telling them they should play for the Aggies.

Here are two instances in which he did that:

Texas A&M shouldn’t have a whole lot of trouble landing top recruits with Jimbo Fisher now at the helm, but you can see how a former star player like Manziel could help in that department.

Manziel recently stepped back into the public spotlight after he launched his own clothing brand. He has also been negotiating a contract with a CFL team.

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