High school player ‘catfished’ into commitment to play at university

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. –  A high school football player was overjoyed when he was contacted on Twitter by a coach from the University of Florida.

Houhsun Gaines, the defensive end for Nash Central High School, spent the last month and a half communicating on social media with a member of the Florida coaching staff.

On Friday, he committed to what he thought was a scholarship to play football at the University of Florida.

However, it was all a lie.

According to the Rocky Mountain Telegram, Gaines was catfished.

School officials say he was not actually talking to anyone associated with the school.

Instead, he was speaking with someone posing as assistant coach Brad Lawing.

Florida coaches say they are interested in Gaines but are not to the point of offering him a scholarship to play for the team.

“They want to see more from him, and that’s their exact words,” said Michael Mosley, the Nash Central athletic director.

Fortunately, Gaines still has offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina State and Miami.