The WIZARD OF ODDS scares out the strange story of the *recruitment* of Nevada high school lineman Kevin Hart. Last Friday, Hart announced at Fernley High School that he had accepted a scholarship to play football at Cal.
Hart: “They really sold me. Coach [Jeff] Tedford and I talked a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me the real personal experience.”
One small problem though. Cal hadn’t offered Fernley a full ride. In fact, Golden Bears coach Jeff Tedford wouldn’t know Hart if he delivered a pizza to his house.
It appears Hart was the victim of one of the greatest saddest pranks ever pulled, as someone had convinced him (and Fernley school officials) that he was Tedford, and that Cal had offered him a scholarship.
The prank worked so perfectly that “two local TV stations showed up to film the event as he prepared to become the first Fernley athlete to receive a full scholarship to a Division I school directly out of high school.”
Hart apparently picked Cal over Oregon. But Oregon coach Mike Bellotti didn’t recruited the Fernley lineman either. And we’re guessing the other finalists Hart claimed, Nevada, Illinois and Oklahoma State, are in the same boat.
We wonder, in the back of our minds, if Hart wasn’t behind all of us? If he set the whole thing up, it would be a masterpiece of deception and he’d certainly be a charter member into the attention whore hall of fame.
But that’s impossible. Right?