Twitter and recruiting are two things that Pete Carroll was well known for during his days at USC and even though he has moved on to the Seattle Seahawks, it appears he is still using a few of the tricks he learned in college.
Currently locked out of the NBA, Miami Heat forward LeBron James kicked off a series of events by sending a Tweet to ESPN reporter John Clayton in which he jokingly asked about the NFL deadline for signing free agents. James is familiar with playing football; in his sophomore year of high school he was named first-team all-state in Ohio as a wide receiver. At 6-foot-8, 250-pounds though, he would probably be a tight end or defensive end if he were playing now. His inability to finish games though, would probably hold him back from getting a fifth star.
CBSSports.com NFL Insider Mike Freeman said in his Daily Shoutout that some in the league have told him James could be a Pro Bowl tight end if he worked at it. Freeman, like just about everyone, believes it wouldn’t happen and won't happen.
It would be a disaster because of the contact. It's been a while since James was hit and the last time that happened was in high school for him. And don't give me the NBA is physical. The only thing that rivals the NFL in terms of physicality are the fighting sports.
That's not stopping the rambunctious Carroll from at least making a pitch. After first asking if James knew what the NFL rookie minimum is (about $375,000 in 2011), the unemployed basketball star responded that it was still more than he was making now (unlikely, especially considering that he made $16 million from the Heat alone last season, but I digress).
That didn't deter Carroll from continuing his pitch, offering to set up a tryout at Miami, where his son Brennan is the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. He also sent a long a present should James be interested:
Now, if Carroll were still in college and James were a recruitable athlete, what he did would make up several NCAA violations. Of course, he's somewhat familiar with those. Regardless, the head coach's frequent saying of 'Always Compete' continues to come across as 'Always Recruit' to this blog.
And based on this simulation of King James in the video game Madden, it's easy to see why Carroll thought the locked out basketball player was worth pursuing on the gridiron.
(Hat tip to the Eye on Football blog)