NCAA Recruiting: The Kevin Hart Saga

Bennett KaplanCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2008

"I wanted to play D-I ball more than anything. When I realized that wasn't going to happen, I made up what I wanted to be reality," said Kevin Hart in a statement.

In a small Nevada city, at Fernley High School, one of the saddest stories to hit the sports scene in a while has come to surface. A senior football player at Fernley high school recently went through a very weird experience.

He faked his recruitment. Made it all up.

He told local reporters that he was being recruited by several big-time D-I schools.  Specifically, Cal and Oregon. He was to be the first player ever from that high school to play at a division one school.

He held a selection event at his high school in which he put out two hats: an Oregon hat and a Cal hat. He picked up the Cal hat and stood for photographs and applause.

When a person involved with recruiting at the University of California at Berkeley was contacted, he said he had never heard of Hart, let alone recruited him.

This all turned out to be a lie. He admitted later that week that it was all a hoax and that he had made it up because the dream of going to play football was not going to come true. 

So, he faked it.