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Inside the ‘dirty’ underbelly of college football's recruiting boom: from non-committable offers to non-binding promises

Editor's note: This story originally published on Feb. 1, 2019. With a new school year approaching, we're bringing back some of our best stories from the 2018-19 school season.

The tweets all look similar.

A football player has just received a college scholarship offer, and he shares the news on Twitter.

He might use the word "humbled" or "blessed" -- or both -- in the social media post. Include the school's hashtag, add a few emojis and pictures for decoration, and his official announcement of an unofficial interaction is complete.

The standardness of college football recruiting stops there.