USC commit Jake Garcia, who has been at the center of eligibility controversy all fall made another move today.
Garcia’s latest plea for eligibility has been denied. This summer Jake and his father moved from California to Georgia for Jake to play at Valdosta High School, leaving his mother back home in California. Upon learning that Jake’s parents got divorced for the express purpose of making the move legal, the Georgia High School Association began investigating.
The ruling against Garcia’s eligibility was made final today after the school’s appeal from earlier this month was shot down. Garcia was ruled ineligible by the GHSA and Valdosta is forced to forfeit its win against week one opponent, Warner Robbins. He only saw the field for one game as he was sidelined by a leg injury.
After his reinstatement request was denied, many wondered if he would attempt a hardship appeal. Instead, Garcia has chosen to try his eligibility luck at a new school. Now, Garcia has withdrawn from Valdosta and has moved 4 hours north to enroll at Grayson High School in Loganville (GA). While the reasoning from the GHSA remains unclear, reports say that upon Garcia’s enrollment he will be immediately eligible.
By the time he plays in a game for Grayson, Garcia will have been a member of 3 different teams in less than a year’s time. This story continues to be interesting.
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