High school defensive end Houshun Gaines said he was catfished into committing to Florida, after learning that the person he spent a month and a half communicating with on social media was not the Florida assistant coach he or she posed as.
Gaines believed he had a scholarship offer from the Gators, and committed to Florida last Friday at a ceremony at Nash Central High School in North Carolina, according to The Rocky Mount Telegram.
The Telegram reports that the Gators coaching staff was "shocked" when they heard the news of Gaines' commitment.
Later on Friday, Nash Central athletics director Michael Mosley was able to speak to an actual coach from Florida, who told him that no Gators coach had been recently talking with Gaines.
“When I talked to a coach, they told me they hadn’t spoke to Gaines in several weeks,” Mosley said. “I think he was talking to someone he thought was a coach. I guess he said (on Friday) that he had talked to a coach the night before, but they said he hadn’t talked to anybody on the coaching staff.”
Mosley told the Telegram that he believes Gaines was catfished by someone posing as Florida assistant Brad Lawing, something Gaines agreed with on Twitter.
Lol I didn't think about it that way but, I got catfished.. Haha— Houshun Gaines (@HZGduoUno) October 6, 2014
According to Mosley, Florida's coaches did say Friday that they do still have interest in Gaines, but want to "see more from him."
Gaines is ranked as a three-star recruit on Rivals and as the No. 17 player from North Carolina. He has received offers from Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Miami and others.
- Molly Geary