Michigan State Recruit Jay Harris Turns Down Scholarship to Pursue Rap Career
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 14 at 10:35 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
According to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Matt Breen, Harris was "stripped of his scholarship by Michigan State earlier this month after he posted a series of profanity-laced rap videos on YouTube, a source said Tuesday."
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When a recruit is offered a scholarship to play college sports, coaches usually have to worry about competing schools, playing time, location, family and girlfriends being potential pitfalls to signing a kid that could help the program.
Add a potential career as a rapper to that list.
2013 Michigan State recruit Jay Harris, ranked by 247Sports as a 3-star wide receiver, has decided to forgo a college-football career and follow his dream in the hip-hop industry instead.
Harris' decision is truly one of the oddest decisions ever made public with respect to the collegiate jump. But, if you listen to the young man explain his decision to Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, it's something that has been weighing on his mind for quite some time:
I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now...I try to take advantage of every opportunity I get and for him to like my music and reach it to me, I really appreciated that. I’ve always had this in the back of my head, but never had the courage to tell my parents that this is what I want to do.
According to the article, Harris' mixtape is set to drop in June. Instead of heading to East Lansing in preparation for Mark D'Antonio's upcoming football season this sumer, he will be working with a professional recording artist.
He's already released a YouTube video—under the name Jay DatBull—that has over 50,000 views, and is entitled, "DatBull 4 Life".
Harris originally committed to the Spartans on national signing day back in February, but called his original commitment to the program "halfhearted", per Breen's piece. His decision has sparked some serious Twitter commentary, including that of Bleacher Report's own Randy Chambers and Michael Felder, as well as The B1G Time MSU (via Twitter):
Jay Harris claims he takes advantage of every opportunity. I guess a free education isn't an opportunity. I've seen it all.— Randy Chambers (@Randy_Chambers) May 14, 2013
I've never heard any of Jay Harris' music but I wish him the best. If you think the dream's worth chasing, I guess you gotta go for it.— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) May 14, 2013
He is no longer Jay Harris to us, but forever "Datbull"— The B1G Time MSU (@TheB1GTimeMSU) May 14, 2013
As a football player, Harris actually had quite a bit of promise.
The 5'11", 175-pound receiver had 48 receptions for 698 yards and 15 total touchdowns last season. Harris was expected to help bolster a Spartans recruiting class looking for help in the wideout department.
Operating mainly out of the slot, Harris was a playmaker for Downingtown East High School, posing a mismatch problem for linebackers through the air and victimizing corners in the open field with his speed and agility.
However, it looks like rapper Jay DatBull ultimately won out over wide receiver Jay Harris.
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