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College Football Recruiting Site Gets Catfished By Fake Recruit

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Catfishing apparently doesn't just exist in the world of online dating. It exists in the world of online college football recruiting, too.

A story is going viral on social media, claiming a fake recruit was able to "catfish" a major college football recruiting site.

The story: Some students created a social media account for a made-up high school football player named Blake Carringer. He was a "6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman from Grace Christian HS in Knoxville, Tennessee."

The player claimed to have scholarship offers from several major programs, including Alabama, Georgia and Florida, among other schools.

A major recruiting site, Rivals.com, allegedly ranked him in their database as a three-star prospect.

The Instagram post telling the story has nearly 20,000 likes already.

The story is gaining traction on social media, too.

Tweets from this made-up recruit have mostly been deleted, but screenshots of his account have been obtained:

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We're in the doldrums of the college football offseason, but thanks to recruiting (or, in this case, fake recruiting) we have something to entertain us.

And, of course, a lesson: Always take everything you see on the internet with a grain of salt.