Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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As I was sitting down and watching some football with a few buddies this weekend, we all came to the conclusion that both professional and college football has been a little strange this season. With the entire NFL looking like a level playing field and five of the top ten college football teams going down this past weekend, the odd nature of the game has even found its way onto the recruiting trail.
Three-star defensive end prospect from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Houshun Gaines, committed this past Friday to play football next fall for the Florida Gators on what he thought was a scholarship offer. After word of his commitment made its way back to the Florida coaching staff, they claimed that even though they are interested in Gaines, an offer was never formally made. Gaines stated that the offer came from Florida's assistant coach, Brad Lawing, and while the coach never made the verbal offer, his fake Twitter account did.
Over the last several weeks, Gaines had been in discussion with the supposed coach through his supposed Twitter account where the scholarship offer was apparently made. To Gaines, the offer seemed reasonable as many other Division I programs have been interested in him and the Gators' coaches even came to watch him play last season. Since this debacle has taken place, Gaines has "decommitted" from Florida and has re-opened his recruitment. While I'm sure Gaines will be just fine as Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina State seem fairly interested in the Nash Central High School senior, it is this kind of garbage on social media that continues to steam my beans
As most of you know, we here at 'Our Sports Report' have our own Twitter account, @OS_Report. Most of our followers are actual human beings, like Adam "Pac-Man" Jones, but we also have our fair share of bogus accounts that "follow" us as well. While we just ignore it and move along, those fake accounts aren't dealing with an impressionable 18-year-old football recruit who has the biggest decision of his life approaching him. Maybe it wasn't smart for Gaines to think that his offer, especially from Florida, would be coming from a Twitter account, but once again, I will give him the benefit of the doubt just this once since he is still in high school.
On the other hand, whoever thought that it was funny and enjoyable to string this young man along with this incredible lie that impacts his entire future is nothing but absolute scum. With that being said, all of you morons and idiots out there that get some sort of satisfaction out of running a scam (social media or not) are nothing but worthless to me and if I had that amount of free time in my life, I'd try to do a lot more good to others than just messing around with them for the fun of it. Scammers, you are officially dead to me.
I want to wish Houshun Gaines nothing but the best as he continues his search for a future college football program and hope that he goes on to have a tremendous football career. Sometimes it takes one bad occurrence to motivate somebody. In this case, I hope Gaines looks back on this moment for motivation to become the best that he can be and that karma will bite down hard on the pathetic human being who decided to conduct this stupid scam.