Days before signing day in February, Greer (S.C.) High School football defensive line standout Jakyre Kerns was hanging out with his friends when he got a text message from someone whom he thought was a coach at Stanford University.
Kerns was set to sign to play at Charleston Southern, an opportunity he was excited about, but he had to pay attention when one of the most prestigious academic schools and a member of the PAC-12 conference came calling.
The coach offered Kerns a scholarship to play football, and he was filled with excitement.
Kerns called Greer running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Thomas Wilkes after he received the offer. That's when the two started to do some Twitter detective work and realized the offer might be too good to be true.
The account claimed to be that of a real coach on the Stanford staff who recruited South Carolina.