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Most Bizarre Story of the Recruiting Season

In case folks haven't seen, I've got a story today about a recruit who accepted a scholarship offer that doesn't exist. Certainly one of the most bizarre recruiting stories ever. The short version: offensive lineman Kevin Hart, from a small Nevada town, at a school-wide assembly announced he was going to play for Cal. The problem? Cal never recruited Hart, let alone offered him a scholarship. Now, the NCAA, the local sheriff and the local school system are trying to sort out the mess.

By Josh Barr  | February 6, 2008; 11:39 AM ET
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Unfortunately for Mr. Hart, his story is not plausible. This guy claims a con man posing as a middle-man recruiter for some big time programs duped him out of $700 for getting him scholarship offers from Cal, Oregon, Illinois, Okie St., and Nevada. Oh by the way, he seemed to have lost all contact information from this guy who ironically has the same name as Cal QB Kevin Riley.

Also, he told a reporter (before the story broke) that he went on an official visit to Okie St. last week. How do you go on an official visit to a school and never meet its coach staff or its 40-year-old head coach? Wow, that Kevin Riley (the con man) sure knows how to stretch $700 for a good con. That's a bargain for both a Mike Gandy and Jeff Tedford impersonator.

No wonder Mr. Hunt isn't talking to the media. Because they would poke so many holes in his story, that he would probably have to confess he made it all up for some attention.

Posted by: ek | February 6, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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