You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
If you thought that the Notre Dame football program was associated with enough controversy and confusion with the Manti Te’o hoax situation, listen to this.
Apparently a 2014 Georgia H.S. running back recruit named Stanley Williams took a recruiting visit to Notre Dame this past weekend and commented to 247sports.com about how well the trip went.
“The visit went great,” Williams said. “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.”
That’s normal right? A recruit going on a visit and coming away impressed with the program isn’t anything new but there’s another wrinkle to this particular story.
It turns out that Williams never actually went on the trip to South Bend this past weekend and has never even been to Notre Dame.
— Jason Sapp (@BGI_JasonSapp) January 21, 2013
Oh boy. Talk about screwing yourself out of consideration for a scholarship offer.
Williams, a four-star running back recruit, also commented on how, despite not getting an offer, he looks forward to continuing to build their relationship. Notre Dame has shown some interest in Williams, coming by his school and contacting him about him possibly committing to the Irish but they are at this point just interested.
My question is, how does this story even get reported if he never actually went on the trip? How is any story reported without fact-checking first?
Notre Dame has been involved in enough bizarre news in the past weeks, and this is something they did not need.