UK unknowingly involved in college football recruiting scam

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, center, argues with referee Reggie Smith, left, during the first half of the TaxSlayer Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Beware the next time a college football or basketball recruit "drops" his list of the top teams he is still interested in playing for, because none of it may be true.

It certainly wasn't the case for Unique Brissett II, a 20-year-old student at Westchester Community College in New York. He pretended he was a wide receiver at Globe Institute of Technology, another junior college in New York and began an online campaign in which he posed as a college football recruit with numerous offers, including from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami (Fla.) and Penn State.

He even uploaded a highlight video to YouTube, except they were another player's highlights, and used scouting reports from when he actually played football at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx.

His scheme all came to an end earlier this week when 247Sports' Miami site, Inside The U, caught on to him. 247Sports reporter Andrew Ivins asked the Hurricanes coaching staff about Brissett and learned he didn't have an offer from the school and that the coaching staff had never even contacted him, and then learned the same from UK coaches.

Here is more on Brissett's unique (get it) recruiting story from

Brissett doesn't seem remorseful and joked about it an interview with The New York Post:

“It was easy. I don’t think it was hard at all,” said Brissett, who said he would’ve simply stopped after a while if no one was giving him the attention — either for being a real hotshot prospect or for being a fake hotshot prospect.
“I was laughing. I was too hype,” Brissett said about the moment his story fell apart.
The only way his life has changed is a phone that won’t stop buzzing. He briefly pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, and has he learned anything from this whole charade?
“Not really.”
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