Texas Tech is looking into a situation in which former Red Raiders wide receiver Wes Welker had a Twitter exchange with a recruit, and the university acknowledged Tuesday that the NCAA could view it as a secondary rules violation.
“The NCAA prohibits that type of communication involving boosters and former student-athletes, and we are in the process of investigation,” Tech spokesman Blayne Beal said.
Beal said it was “a little too early in that process” for Tech to have contacted the NCAA.
He said Tech’s compliance office is doing the investigation.
“I can’t comment specifically on what they’re doing,” he said. “I can just tell you that there is a process under way.”
On Friday, Welker had a brief back-and-forth on Twitter with Nick Kurtz, a wide receiver from Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif.
“Time of my life right now,” Kurtz posted. “Everything I expected and more.”
Welker tweeted to Kurtz, “You are visiting Lubbock already?”
“At BYU Wes! Hahah,” Kurtz wrote.
Welker replied, “Name me the last WR in the league from BYU? Think big picture. I will give you 50 more reasons why they would be a bad move. TT”
Kurtz finished the conversation by saying, “it’s a good place man!”
About a month ago, Welker tweeted, “Just saw @TheKurtzWay highlight tape. Dude is something serious!”
Kurtz, listed at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, is ranked as the No. 30 junior-college recruit in the nation and the No. 7 JUCO wide receiver by the 247sports.com recruiting service. Tech is one of about a dozen schools known to have offered him a scholarship with BYU, California, Illinois, Kansas and Kentucky among the others.
Last season, he caught 49 passes for 697 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Beal acknowledged Welker’s tweeting at Kurtz could be considered a secondary violation by the NCAA.
He did not offer a timeframe on when the process might be complete.
“It varies, so these things take time,” he said. “There’s very rarely a quick outcome.”
Three months ago, the 32-year-old Welker signed a two-year contract, reportedly worth $12 million, with the Denver Broncos. A nine-year NFL veteran, he spent the last six seasons in New England, where he averaged 112 catches for 1,243 yards and six touchdowns over that time period.
Just two hours after the Broncos announced Welker’s signing, the Patriots announced they had signed Tech ex Danny Amendola to a reported five-year, $31 million contract.