Football recruiting services get catfished by fake prospect in Tennessee

Grace Christian football coach Rusty Bradley got a phone call a week ago.

It was a coach from Georgia Tech, asking about Blake Carringer.

That is when Bradley surprisingly discovered a player on his Knoxville private school team was considered as a significant college football prospect.

Carringer was listed on recruiting services and on a Twitter account as 6-foot-6, 315 pounds and one of the top college football prospects in Tennessee.

In reality, he's 5-foot-7, 220 pounds.

National recruiting services, as well as the USA Today Network-Tennessee, had been duped, or catfished.

The athlete's profile on the recruiting services was inaccurate. And the Twitter account didn't belong to Carringer. It was made up, Bradley said.

The USA Today Network-Tennessee has requested interviews with Carringer and his parents, but has been unsuccessful in reaching them.

Bradley said he is not sure who created a Twitter account with Carringer's name. He said the school worked with Twitter to have the account taken down.

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