Nature abhors a vacuum and so, apparently, does Twitter.
Josh Sweat, a defensive end from Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), considered the No. 1 football recruit in the 2015 class by 247Sports.com’s aggregrate compiling of different recruiting services, doesn’t have a Twitter account. In its absence, a number of fake accounts have popped up. One, @joshSweat9, has even sent out dubious recruiting news.
“I think I’ve seen two or three fake accounts,” Sweat says, with a laugh. “One of them has, like 6,000 followers. At least whoever it is, isn’t saying stuff that is that bad. I don’t really mind. I couldn’t start one now because he’s already taken all the followers.”
Sweat’s father, William Washington, said his son would rather be doing something than talking about doing something.
“We don’t do Twitter in our family,” Washington said. “He’s never done Twitter. Some people don’t have anything else to do. Twitter is just a social medium. We’re not real outgoing socially like that. We take care of our business, we try to help people but that’s just a socially driven thing. We see it, we talk about it, but it doesn’t affect what we do at home.”
Sweat’s mother, Carlette Sweat, said the fake accounts’ misinformation can get annoying.
“Yesterday, I was online and I was reading a Web site about Oregon and I was reading where they said, ‘Josh Sweat’s Twitter said that he is coming.’ I am kind of surprised, if there’s that much interest in him, why they wouldn’t know that Twitter account isn’t him,” she said. “All of the mail that Josh gets, he send it to me. He doesn’t even open it up.”
Though Sweat is an honor student who is privately engaging and funny, speaking publicly isn’t his thing, whether it is on Twitter or giving a speech at his Under Armour Jersey presentation on Wednesday.
“I am really scared about having to give a speech,” Sweat said prior to the ceremony. “What am I supposed to say?”
“He’s a little nervous, but once he gets going, he’s a happy child and he jokes,” his mother said.