Rivals.com has been ranking high school talent since 1998 and is one of the most reputable recruiting sites. In its over 20 years of existence, Rivals.com has had very few problems when it comes to ranking recruits. The recruiting site does not have any problems ranking fake recruits as well.
According to theSpun, Rivals.com got catfished into ranking a recruit that does not even exist. Some students created a social media account for a fake recruit named Blake Carringer, who was a 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive lineman from Grace Christian High School in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The account said that Carringer had received offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and other schools, despite not seeing any film of him.
The reported SEC offers for Carringer impacted Rivals.com as the recruiting site ranked him as a three-star recruit. Carringer even had an evaluation from Rivals.com, despite the site not even seeing Carringer play once.
Rivals.com was not the only site to rank him as 247 also ranked him as a three-star recruit, but they ranked Carringer because of how Rivals.com ranked him.
His social media account and recruiting page have been taken down when people discovered that Carringer was not a real football recruit. While a story of a fake recruit does make people laugh, it sheds light on how some of these sites rank recruits. Carringer’s size at 6’6″ 315 is nothing special for a Division I offensive linemen, but his social media account said that he had offers from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
When Rivals.com found out that those three schools had given him a scholarship, the recruiting site rated him as a three-star recruit. The credibility of the site is put in check as it seems Rivals.com rated him because of his offers, rather than his play on the field. Rivals.com is a reputable recruiting site, but even they are not immune to being catfished.