Lufkin Panthers feel social media impact of National Signing Day

Lufkin Panthers feel social media impact of National Signing Day

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Five Lufkin Panthers will be moving on to play college football and over half of them are Division I caliber players.

While their talent speaks for itself in recruitment efforts, social media has developed in such a way that it also plays in the favor of these student athletes.

"It really kind of gets your name out there and brings you exposure from different places," said Texas A&M commit Erik McCoy.

However, the linemen also realizes the downfalls Twitter can have if not handled correctly

"It can either bring you up or bring you down. It definitely plays a big role in what you say and who you involve yourself with," said McCoy.

McCoy announced his commitment to the Aggies via Twitter, and will follow in the footsteps of his cousin Jorvorskie Lane. Lane is a former Lufkin Panther who also played for the Aggies, and now sports a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey in the NFL.

Also following a path laid before him by a family member is Terry Mark, who will play side-by-side with his brother Tomme Mark at the University of Houston.

The wide receiver's decision was made early in the recruiting process and he's also noticed outside reaction towards his commitment.

"A lot of people were kind of excited. It kind of drew some recruiters away with that as well, but when it's the only school you got, you know your brothers there, and you know it's right down the road, what more can you ask for?" said Mark.

As wide receiver Keke Coutee is headed to Texas Tech, he said his Twitter feed blew up when he announced the news of his commitment.

"I got a lot of positive feedback. A lot of people I didn't know were commenting on my stuff and told me how proud they are I'm coming to Tech. It blew up really fast. I got about 900 favorites in a minute," said Coutee.

While it seems everyone always has something to say, their voices will be the last ones to be heard come signing day.

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