Florida WR Coach Joker Phillips Uses Heath Ledger's Joker as Recruiting Message

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMarch 27, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Head coach Joker Phillips watches on during their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Recruiting these days is a tough business. Some schools decide to stuff a kid’s mailbox to the point it is going to explode, while others take a more simple approach and let the school sell itself.

That's not the case with Florida wide receivers coach Joker Phillips.

Phillips' recruiting message is far from ordinary. In fact, it comes off as a little creepy and could end up scaring a few recruits away.

Joker Phillips @jokerphillips

IT'S TIME TO COME PLAY WR FOR THE JOKER! #ComePlayWRForTheJoker #GatorNation #SpreadTheWord http://t.co/jPTkKEX0rF

Is this some kind of joke? Of course it is. But the character that Heath Ledger played in The Dark Knight was by far the most disturbing part of that entire movie. It was enough to make you check under your bed and make sure all of the doors and windows are shut tightly before closing your eyes at night.

Playing for the "Joker" isn't exactly high on my bucket list.

After asking recruits to come play for the Joker and tweeting a picture that would scare any child across the country, maybe somebody should explain the Twitter rules to the new position coach.

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You know, like sometimes things just aren't meant to reach the "send" button.

Sometimes, things that you find amusing don’t exactly go over so well with the rest of the Twitter universe. It's smarter to think before sending out a tweet to the masses that is going to make most quiver in fear.

In all seriousness, despite the fact this is one of the creepier things we have seen in the recruiting world as of late, you have to give it up for Phillips and this Florida Gators coaching staff. Knowing that social media is big with kids these days, this is terrific for marketing and will get the message to prospects who are considering playing in Gainesville.

Phillips also made sure to mention this on his Twitter account:

Joker Phillips @jokerphillips

The UF football staff realizes the importance of reaching out to everyone through social media. Spread the word #GatorNation #WeBelieveInYou

A wide receivers coach for many years and a solid addition to the Gators coaching staff, Phillips has already made his mark. It is going to be interesting to see how many players are willing to take a walk on the dark side.


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