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WR Quitting Football to Pursue Rap Career

BLEACHER REPORT 1 Hour Ago

by Ethan Grant

When a recruit is offered a scholarship to play college sports, coaches usually have to worry about other schools, family, girlfriends, playing time and location being potential pitfalls to signing a kid that could help the program.

Add a career in music 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 instead focus on a music one in the hip hop industry.

Truly one of the oddest decisions we’ve ever seen with respect to the high school-to-college jump. But, if you listen to the young man explain his decision to Matt Breen of Philly.com, it’s something that has really been weighing on his heart 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 and he’ll be working with a professional recording artist this summer, instead of heading to East Lansing in preparation for Mark D’Antonio’s upcoming football season.

Harris originally committed to the Spartans on National Signing Day (Feb. 6), but called his original commitment to the program “halfhearted”, per Breen’s piece.

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