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In what is another example of the expanding scope that social media now holds, it created its first well-publicized casualty in high school recruiting.
Don Bosco Prep cornerback Yuri Wright, who has listed Rutgers among his final suitors, was expelled from the school Wednesday for comments he made on Twitter. The tweets — which began in July, spanned the football season and continued until as late as Jan. 7, according to a screen grab of his feed posted on several websites — were sexually graphic and racial in nature.
His account was subsequently taken down and phone calls made in an attempt to reach him were unsuccessful. “He’s a good kid and I think he has a bright college future and I wish him the best of luck,” Don Bosco coach Greg Toal said. “There is no question Don Bosco had to do what it had to do.” Toal said he had cautioned his players multiple times about their use of social media and that there would be consequences.
Wright’s credentials are impressive. The No. 3 player in The Ledger 50, Wright is ranked as the 40th best recruit in the country by ESPN, while Rivals.com lists him as 85th and the third best at his position.
Wright was supposed to make an official recruiting visit to Rutgers on Friday, but those plans are now unsure. As of tonight, Rutgers had not yet decided if the visit would take place, according to a person close to the program who requested anonymity because schools are not permitted to publicly discuss recruits before they sign a national letter of intent. A decision would be made this morning, the person said.
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