UPDATE: Michigan State pulled signee's offer over profanity-laced rap videos
UPDATE: The Philadelphia Inquirer has now updated its story quoting a source that Harris’ scholarship offer was pulled because of his profanity-laced rap videos. According to the Inquirer:
Jay Harris, one of the area’s top football recruits, 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.
Under the name “Jay DatBull,” the Downingtown East senior has uploaded nine videos to YouTube. Using explicit lyrics, Harris raps about drugs, women, and homosexuals.
His first single, “DatBull 4 Life,” surpassed 50,000 views over the weekend and appears to show Harris smoking marijuana while sitting behind the steering wheel of a car.
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ay Harris, a wide receiver who signed with Michigan State in February, has decided to give up football to pursue a career as a rapper.
According to Matt Breen of Philly.com, the Exton, Pa. native said he called a Michigan State assistant two weeks ago and broke the news.
“I wish we could’ve got you,” Harris said the coach told him.
John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s associate athletic director for communications, said “it was a mutual decision.”
Harris performs under the name Jay DatBull. His first single “DatBull 4 Life,” was uploaded to YouTube in late April and has surpassed 50,000 views.
A mixtape is slated for release June 1, and he hopes to work with a professional producer this summer.
The 5-foot-11, 162-pound Harris caught 54 passes for 792 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior.
Harris, who also had scholarship offers from Pittsburgh and Temple, called his decision to ink with the Spartans “halfhearted.”
“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now,” Harris said.
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