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Rivals, 247 Sports give non-existent football “recruit” a three-star ranking

Meet Blake Carringer, a three-star offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2020 out of Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, TN. Standing at 6-foot-6, 315-pounds, Carringer has received offers from Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, among others.

Oh, yeah. And he doesn’t exist.

In a story that has quickly gone viral over the last 24 hours, recruiting websites Rivals and 247 Sports were tricked by several high school students into creating fake profiles for a student-athlete they completely made up.

To give a brief summary of the timeline of events, the students reportedly created a fake Twitter account of the supposed “recruit” and began tweeting out the list of offers he had received from some of the most prestigious schools in the nation.

Here is a screenshot of the account, which was recently taken down after being active since November:

After seeing the impressive list of offers, quickly made a recruiting profile for the supposed 6-foot-6 offensive tackle out of Knoxville, TN. And then with zero game footage, statistics, or proof of existence at all, Rivals decided to give him a 5.5 three-star ranking.

We’ve heard of the “Alabama bump” before with recruits seeing a significant jump in the ratings only because Nick Saban wants them in Tuscaloosa, but this takes that to a whole new level.

247 Sports didn’t give him a ranking of their own, but did list him as a three-star in their composite rankings, which takes into account all of the rankings any given player has receive.

They did, however, go out of their way to give him a profile, which can be seen at the top of this post.

Going to his profile now will lead you to an error message, with the site directing you back to the 247 Sports home page.

PrepXtra, a high school sports website stationed out of Knoxville, actually listed Carringer as one of the top 10 recruits to watch for in the class of 2020.

Whoops. Hard to watch out for someone when they don’t even exist.

The recruiting profile photo of Carringer actually appears to be Corey Stephens, a 2017 Arizona State signee.

Carringer and Manti Te’o’s girlfriend would make a beautiful couple.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

18 Comments for Rivals, 247 Sports give non-existent football “recruit” a three-star ranking

  1. shelby
    7:10 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    He’s related to moises globally

  2. brandond373
    7:25 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink


  3. runningunnin.454
    7:57 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    That’s great…well done! They swallowed that one hook, line, and sinker.

  4. Middy
    8:12 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Hilarious! This maybe the most entertaining story I’ve seen on KSR. These same services ranked Josh Allen lower than a make believe player. Thankfully Stoops, Big Dog and crew know how to evaluate talent without this BS!

    • runningunnin.454
      8:18 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Right you are. Only thing funnier is if Tennessee called the school, and tried to schedule an appointment. Of course, we don’t know that they didn’t, Ha ha.

    • notFromhere
      10:17 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      It is, Middy! Wonder who they got it from….

  5. jimmer
    8:21 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Fake news! Literally.

  6. Chade Sparrow
    8:23 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Goes to show these ranking aren’t everything. It’s about trusting our staff to do the evaluation.

    • notFromhere
      10:18 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Absolutely right! Proves it well

    • mashburnfan1
      11:33 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Same thing happened several years ago, may have been in basketball but I don’t remember. That one was ranked even higher. Is why many have said pay no attention to how many stars are beside a name, especially in football. There are way too many kids playing for these services to possibly see in person or on tape. I think our FB staff has done pretty well in finding talent before others do.

  7. jaws2
    8:32 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    What this really proves, is that in today’s ‘social media’ is everything world, anything, ANYTHING can be created and people will believe it. It’s truly a sad commentary on where we are as a supposedly civilized society.

  8. nybrasky
    10:10 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    Must be Ivan Renko’s kid.

  9. bbn606
    10:12 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    That’s the same bunch that had Moses Douglas rated at 400 while Rivals had him at 231.

    • notFromhere
      10:19 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

      Ratings are mostly based on offers and not on skill set. When they get around to actually evaluating, if they ever do, it’s based on stats and camps where available. Most of the services dont know how to evaluate talent outside of that.

  10. Bluebloodtoo
    11:44 pm February 14, 2019 Permalink

    I really wish i was surprised by this story, but I’m not. Kinda sad really.

  11. J. Did
    5:43 am February 15, 2019 Permalink

    Blake Carringer is an official and prime suspect in the alleged assault of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

  12. notFromhere
    6:57 am February 15, 2019 Permalink

    The illegitimate great grandson of Jameson Huffa and Emily Earhurt (who self identifies as a member of the Ojibwa tribe), Carriger was set to enter the peace corps before receiving the in person offer from Saban. OleNick reportedly said (to the camera instead of the person interviewing him), “Had to be the first one there. We need to step up our recruiting game after that lackluster 2019 recruiting class.” The crinson tide finished ranked first with most major ranking services, but Saban was clearly not satisfied, “If I could just find a decent kicker…,” he mumbled.

    • notFromhere
      6:59 am February 15, 2019 Permalink

      Rumor is Jalen Hurts was going to be moved to kicker to help the team, and that led to his transfer.