An offensive line recruit tricked into thinking he had an offer to join the Auburn recruiting class got some very good, very real news this week.
Taurrian Stafford, a 2018 offensive line prospect from Miami, Fla., got a call Tuesday from someone pretending to be Auburn offensive line coach Herb Hand. The caller said he liked Stafford’s film and he wanted to offer the lineman a scholarship. But then the real coach Hand called the next day.
“He called and said, ‘I’m sorry for the incident, but that was not me who called,’” Stafford told 247Sports’ Keith Niebuhr.
The prank upset Stafford. He had cried when he thought he had an offer, calling it “the high point of my whole life.” However, Hand told Stafford he was looking for a center in this class. He said he would come evaluate the 6-foot-4, 325-pound prospect this spring.
Both Stafford and Hand took to Twitter to voice their frustration with the person who pulled the prank.
I just pray the blessings stay upon me on my journey to success? pic.twitter.com/PCZqMdSKFu
— Taurrian Stafford ひ (@teedo56) March 30, 2017
Only a true scumbag would 'prank' a HS athlete w/a false scholarship offer-If that's you, you should reevaluate the priorities in your life.
— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) March 31, 2017
But now Stafford has a chance to actually earn an offer from Hand. So maybe in the end, the joke will be on them.
Stafford is not currently ranked in the 247Sports composite. He has one offer at the moment, from Florida A&M.