Report: Twitter Account Of 5-Star Defensive End Recruit Josh Sweat Is Fake, Stringing Along Tennessee And Kentucky Fans

Be careful who you try to awkwardly recruit on Twitter, college football fans. They may not be who they say. According to a story by ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree, a Twitter account that purportedly belongs to five-star defensive end Josh Sweat is fake.

@JoshSweat9 has 860 followers and looks very convincing, but according to a family friend in ESPN’s report, it is absolutely not the Chesapeake, Virginia prospect:

“No, he doesn’t have a Twitter account,” Redd Jenkins, a close family friend to Sweat, told “I’m a million percent sure it’s not him. A million times infinity. I even sent Twitter a request to try to get them to shut the account down, but I’ve not gotten a response.”

The account has been in engaging with a few different fanbases. Tennessee fan account @TotalVolsMove has been soliciting retweets of a picture featuring a direct message conversation with the Sweat account, where it says that the defensive end will visit the school if it hits 1000 retweets.

The account is also engaging Kentucky fans in a similar fashion:

He’s also duped recruiting website Rivals’ camp Twitter account.

We’re not sure why someone would go through all of this trouble, but this is a bizarre story.



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