9. Kevin Hart
“And, uh, I’ve decided that, uh, I’m gonna be playing football at the University of California.”
In 2007, a high school football player in Nevada named Kevin Hart received recruitment letters from Washington, Oregon and Nevada. However, due to his 1.8 GPA (and the fact that he wouldn’t even take the SATs), they had all stopped recruiting him by his senior year.
Sadly, Hart was too embarrassed to admit this to anyone, so he just lied. First he told everyone that those schools were still recruiting him. Then he took things to a whole other level by telling his school that he’d chosen to play for the Cal Golden Bears—making the official announcement on national signing day in 2007, with lots of local media present.
Of course, just a few hours later the real story came out. Hart was not going to Cal and had never been recruited by them. He tried to get out of it with another lie–something about being strung along by somebody he’d paid to get schools to recruit him—but that was absurd, and he soon confessed to making up the whole thing.