The Notre Dame Fighting Irish appear to have started a trend of making up fake stories for national attention.
With the dust starting to settle surrounding the Manti Te’o incident, a 2014 recruit has entered the news cycle after giving comments to 247Sports.com about a visit he made to Notre Dame.
Four-star running back recruit Stanley Williams told 247Sports.com, “The visit went great. It was great to experience something new and different, and we had a great time at the game. I had been looking forward to it for a while, and it was great to just get out there and see a new place. I plan on getting up there a couple more times in the future.”
Williams went on to add that “[a]fter taking the visit there, they are definitely high up there on my list and a factor in my recruitment.”
While Williams appears to be interested in Notre Dame, there is one problem — Williams made up the whole story and never went on a visit to the university.
It is strange for a player of Williams’ caliber to orchestrate a story like this. It would be different if he was not generating interest from Division I schools, but that is not the case. In fact, Williams has a lot of offers on the table from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Like Te’o, Williams’ fake story could negatively impact his status among evaluators of the next level. Hopefully Williams has a good excuse for his bogus visit. Let’s just hope that fake recruiting visits don’t become the new trend.