Wes Welker creates internet firestorm by tweeting college recruit

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Wes Welker says he has 50 reasons not to attend BYU, and BYU fans didn't take kindly to it.

Former Red Raider Wes Welker tried to sway a recruit to pick Texas Tech over Brigham Young University on Twitter, inciting the rage of BYU fans in the process. Oh, and Welker also said something that could be perceived as factually wrong and probably committed an NCAA violation.

Welker noticed a tweet from Nick Kurtz, a three-star receiver who plays at Grossmont Community College. Welker wondered if that tweet was sent from a trip to Texas Tech. With a hat-tip to Lawless Republic:

When Kurtz responded that he was actually at BYU, Welker tried to convince him to play elsewhere. Like for a team now coached by Welker's one-time quarterback Kliff Kingsbury:

Of course, it turns out there actually have been wide receivers from BYU in the NFL, something Welker was presumably told like a bunch of times before tweeting out a link to an article about Austin Collie:

BYU fans did not take kindly to the "50 reasons" remark. Philip Morgan of the Provo Daily Herald went so far as to compile a list of 50 jokey things about BYU meant to balance the scales:

No. 1 You get to play on ESPN all the time #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

No. 2 Nobody's seen a TT game since BYU Alum Mike Leach was there #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

No. 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BABY! 1-0 #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

Some, though, seem less exciting:

No. 19 The lone late-night hangout is Rancheritos #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

No. 26 There's mountains #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

No. 40 The Bookstore #50ReasonsNOTtoChooseBYU

However, let's not ignore the obvious NCAA issues here. Tweeting at recruits by people affiliated with programs is considered taboo by the NCAA. It would be considered especially taboo if an NFL player affiliated with a program was actively trying to convince a potential recruit to pick a certain school. It's an extremely minor violation, but somewhere a compliance officer at Texas Tech is figuring out how to get in touch with Wes Welker and yell at him. As for Kurtz, he didn't seem swayed:

Go Broncos! (A team comprised of BYU coach Bronco Mendenhalls, not Wes Welker's Denver Broncos.)

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