An Atlanta area high school coach said Georgia State coach Trent Miles and his staff “won’t be welcomed back” at his school after asking one of his football players to accept a grayshirt offer last week, just a few weeks from national signing day.
Stanley Pritchett, head coach Arabia Mountain High School, said that Georgia State coaches asked defensive back recruit Jonathan Slaton to take a grayshirt offer, delaying his enrollment until January 2015.
Slaton committed to Gerogia State last July over offers UT Chattanooga, Kennesaw State, North Carolina A&T and others.
“We will go back and talk to other schools but the problem with that is that most of them moved on after Jonathan committed and filled his spot with other players,” Pritchett, a former South Carolina and nine-year NFL veteran running back told the AJC. “Obviously, it’s very late in the recruiting process. We’re less than six weeks away from signing day.”
“.. More than anything, I’m upset because he was one of the first kids that committed in their class,” he added. “If they didn’t want him, they could have told him a long time ago instead of this close to signing day. They pretty much wasted his time.
“I think it’s a bad move. You’re playing with kids’ lives when you do things like this.”
Pritchett said that Slaton has not gotten into any off-the-field trouble and is on track to qualify with a 3.0 GPA.
Miles couldn’t comment directly on Slaton due to NCAA rules, but did shed some light on the situation.
“I can’t talk about the kid, but in this type of situation we talk directly to the family and explain what can happen, with us being in a situation where we have to sign some junior college players because of the need for immediate help,” Miles said.
“For a young man, (a grayshirt) creates an opportunity to create separation between he and some guys that are older than him. We look at situations like this purely as a benefit.
“When you grayshirt a young men, he gets five and a half years to play four, rather than five to play four … We do it purely as a positive for a kid.”