Be careful who you try to awkwardly recruit on Twitter, college football fans. They may not be who they say. According to a story by ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree, a Twitter account that purportedly belongs to five-star defensive end Josh Sweat is fake.
@JoshSweat9 has 860 followers and looks very convincing, but according to a family friend in ESPN’s report, it is absolutely not the Chesapeake, Virginia prospect:
“No, he doesn’t have a Twitter account,” Redd Jenkins, a close family friend to Sweat, told ESPN.com. “I’m a million percent sure it’s not him. A million times infinity. I even sent Twitter a request to try to get them to shut the account down, but I’ve not gotten a response.”
The account has been in engaging with a few different fanbases. Tennessee fan account @TotalVolsMove has been soliciting retweets of a picture featuring a direct message conversation with the Sweat account, where it says that the defensive end will visit the school if it hits 1000 retweets.
— Total Vols Move (@TotalVolsMove) May 12, 2014
The account is also engaging Kentucky fans in a similar fashion:
If I get 500 RTs I’ll be down there this summer #BBN!!
— Josh Sweat (@JoshSweat9) May 12, 2014
He’s also duped recruiting website Rivals’ camp Twitter account.
— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) May 13, 2014
We’re not sure why someone would go through all of this trouble, but this is a bizarre story.