USC commit Jake Garcia has been at the center of ineligibility concerns after he and his father moved to Georgia upon finding out that their home state of California would not play high school football this fall. Prior to the move, Jake’s parents filed for divorce so that he and his father could move to Georgia without his mother and still be considered a legal transfer.
The legitimacy of this plan and Garcia’s transfer seemed to fly under the radar until the family appeared in an ESPN video. Following the release of that video, Garcia was ruled ineligible by the Georgia High School Association. By this time, Garcia had already played in the team's first game. However, that was the only game he played in due to a leg injury.
Now, Garcia has been deemed ineligible by the GHSA after his request for reinstatement was denied,per Valdosta schools Superintendent Dr.Cason. The GHSA also ruled that Valdosta must forfeit their win against Warner Robbins because Garcia played in the game. The school has appealed that ruling but will not know the decision until October 20th at the earliest. Although it is possible, it is unclear at this time if Garcia will seek a hardship appeal.
It is interesting to see how this will continue to play out, so far the GHSA has shown no leniency for the school or Garcia.
Would things be different if Rush Propst wasn't head coach at Valdosta? A lot of people think so.
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