MLive – When fake news meets college football recruiting, there are no winners.
But certainly a few laughs, as alleged prospect Unique Brissett II took fans — and some media — for a ride by trimming a list to five schools, including Michigan and Michigan State, and kicking off some campus “visits.”
Who wouldn’t be interested in a 6-foot-2, 215-pound wide receiver — according to his recruiting profile — out of Globe Institute of Technology in New York?
Brissett claimed offers from Alabama and Michigan, among others. And he already had visited Michigan State over the weekend.
Spartan Avenue – Michigan State recruiting looked to be in good position with a JUCO transfer from New York, until he turned out to be a major ‘catfish.’
Michigan State missed out on a JUCO transfer named Unique Brissett II who recently named the Spartans in his top five. The reason the Spartans didn’t land him? Well, because he wasn’t a real recruit, apparently.
If you’ve ever seen the MTV show called Catfish, you’d know exactly what this term means. Basically a catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not on the internet. Brissett, whose real name remains a mystery, was attempting to be a college recruit.
What a wild story from the college recruiting world. One of my top 5 pet peeves in the world right now is people yelling “FAKE NEWS” about every single story they see but this dude “Unique Brissett II”…or whoever the hell it really is…just literally Fake Newsed the shit out of everybody. You see people get catfished on Facebook and Tinder trying to fall in love, not every day you see major D1 football programs getting catfished by fake superstar athletes. Guess they never wondered why he never was available to FaceTime.
Anyway I’m not a recruiting guy, but you know who really fucking loves recruiting? Recruiting guys. There are few people who are as knowledgeable and passionate about their areas of expertise than college football recruiting guys. They know all the ins and outs of 17-18 year olds and their college searches. So it’s no surprise that they sniffed this one out.
Heck, he wasn’t even on the radar of any fan until this past weekend when he decided he wanted to be a recruit. He got an edit made for his “top 14” schools and then narrowed that list down to five on Sunday. On Monday, he was down to three, including Michigan State.
According to 247Sports, he was even set to take a visit to East Lansing on Monday. He tweeted about the visit and said he would post pictures later in the day. He did, and that’s how Land of 10‘s Luke Srodulski caught him red-handed.
It didn’t take long for the revelation to spread like wildfire and the “recruit” changed his Twitter account, excluding his fake Hudl account and 247 profile. What’s even crazier is that he used a real recruit’s highlights as his own.
Kind of wish it played out all the way and we got an ending like an actual MTV Catfish episode, with a table set up with a bunch of hats assembled on it and all the media outlets gathered around and some 350 pound pimple faced white 7th grader comes out to pick Michigan.