Jay Harris (the rapping WR) had schollie pulled by MSU a month ago

Submitted by Lionsfan on May 14th, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Everyone got a good laugh this morning, when it was announced that WR Jay Harris had decided to forgo an MSU scholarship in order to focus on a rap career.

Well apparently it was a mutual parting of ways.

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.
Harris, a senior wide receiver, said he freely chose a rap career over football. A Michigan State spokesman said it was “a mutual decision.” “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,” Harris said.

I don't think the whole story will ever come out, since both sides will want to save face, but I think it is a good lesson for recruits. It's important to watch what you say on Twitter/Youtube. Not only this, but there was University of Charleston dropping a guy off of his Twitter posts, and I'm sure a lot of posters here remember the Yuri Wright saga too.

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May 14th, 2013 at 10:15 PM ^

is cussing really all that bad?

What if he was a creative writing student and he published an obscene story?  would you have a different opinion?  I don't want to jump to conclusions, cause I don't know you, but it seems to me like you just don't like rap?




Leaders And Best

May 14th, 2013 at 11:20 PM ^

If MSU had pulled his scholarship, it would not have prevented him from enrolling and playing at another college or JC. Plenty of kids that have done worse than this ended up finding a home in JC or a mid major school. The fact remains this kid is pursuing a rap career and not football. MSU may be putting this out now to try to save face.

Also, this kid had red flags that kept several schools from recruiting him and of which Michigan State was aware. Even if he did pull his scholarship, Dantonio should have never been recruiting him in the first place.

ND Sux

May 15th, 2013 at 7:03 AM ^

sometimes a coach will give a kid a chance and hope he matures, as some do. I can't fault a coach for wanting to believe in a kid, and have to give Mork credit for doing the right thing when it didn't work out.

All that said, I'm VERY glad that Hoke seems to focus on getting better student athletes to come.  These gambles come back to bite a program all too often.   

Blue in Yarmouth

May 15th, 2013 at 8:23 AM ^

This is a coach who basically takes guys right from being in Jail to the practice field with no suspension whatsoever, never mind kicking them off the team. Now he wants people top believe he pulled a guys scholly for smokin' a little pot?

full disclosure I didn't watch the video so there may be worse things on that, but from the comments that what it seems to be.

This coach has a LONG track record of being extremely understanding of players poor behaviors. From players putting mob style beatings on engineers to the aforementioned welcoming a player back in the fold immediately after getting out of jail for fall practice. I just don't buy that he pulled this guys scholarship for this. It just doesn't seem to go along with his long history we know to be true.


May 14th, 2013 at 10:27 PM ^

  • he played 8 games (missed 4 in two 2 game chunks for injuries)
  • got the 7th most snaps of any CU DB despite that missage
  • played 8 games, logged 310 snaps
  • 16 unassisted, 21 total tackles
  • 1 tackle for loss
  • credited with 1 3rd down stop and 1 touchdown save
  • played for a really gawdawful team.
  • but pot is legal there now
  • so.

Jehu the Damaja

May 14th, 2013 at 11:08 PM ^

Not at all. This is some absolute garbage. He sounds like every other current "rapper" I hear on the radio. I would suggest you keep listening to those Tupac cassettes, at least he had talent. I am still a big fan of 90's hip hop, back when hip hop was good, and I really can't stand 99% of the shit I hear now-a-days.

Ali G Bomaye

May 15th, 2013 at 11:02 AM ^

I'm sure a high school kid hoping to start a rap career would be honored to be told he sounds just like the rappers you hear on the radio.  Don't get me wrong, I think it's garbage too, but it doesn't appear to take much more than some misogyny and some fiddling with ProTools to get on the radio these days.


May 14th, 2013 at 10:09 PM ^

Scholarship pulled because a dude put rap videos online?  That doesn't make any sense, and if it is true, I think it is an excuse to get rid of a guy they may have regretted offering in the first place.  That is a "son, you need to remove the videos and run stadium steps" kind of offense, not a scholarship removal. 


May 14th, 2013 at 10:35 PM ^

Which I know, but its the offseason and its not even close to shark week. Anyway, one big theme over there is about how Hoke will use any excuse to cut a kid, whether it be Caleb Stacey and his injury or stonum and his legal issues. In the eyes of rcmb these are cuts of subpar players to add better players. This was news to me, that hoke is seen as someone who cuts. I suppose its impossible to say, but one could certainly view pulling an offer of an unranked kid for - gasp - swearing on the Internet as a similar move. If I thought MSU could find a more talented kid to take that spot, hur dur.


May 14th, 2013 at 11:33 PM ^

Accusation of something like "cutting" players and I don't put a lot of stock into it, ESP from rcmb, but I have a feeling if saban at bama had something like 25 guys in three years depart and bring in huge classes of highly touted kids, we would flip out as rcmb is. Looking at those 25 from inside though, we see some injuries, some kids who never made it to campus, some 5th year guys and some guys who you can chalk up to not being good enough / didn't like the coaching change (vinopal sticks out).

I lost my train of thought, its late.

Moral of the story, don't put credence into rcmb.


May 14th, 2013 at 11:15 PM ^

aside from the drug use, here are a few items that may have bothered Dantonio.

1. Dude is rapping out of a shed.  Not just any shed, but one like a model outside of any Home Depot.  Plus, it's pimped out with super nice Art Van couches and spray paint grafitti... it's truly epic, and horrendous.

2. My boy had like 2 or 3 "bills" in the cupholder of his Kia Sportage like he was flossin' some major bank.  There was $300 at best, not exactly "makin' it rain" in this video.

3. Kia Sportage: unless you're a hipster or a homeless person, you don't drive this rig.  It's neither gangsta nor pimpish.  In fact, it probably doesn't even start.

4. He is sporting the same plaid Polo shirt I had in 9th grade.  Which, by the way was in 1989. Sorry my man, you ain't Macklemore, that shirt is Slavation Army-esque.  Plus, it's not 1990 and rappers haven't buttoned the top button on their Polo since NWA did it back in the day.  Rapper's wear either skinny jeans and Vans, or 3 piece suits now.  Polo is a no-go!

5. That "spliff" would have made Charles Rogers embarrassed to be a Spartan.  If you're going to roll a fatty, it's gotta be bigger than your pinky, bro.  Plus, that white dude in the passenger seat had mad acne.  The last thing he needs is to be smokin' the gonj and causing another mass outbreak on his forehead.  Sorry guys, that aint thuggish.


EDIT: Whoever tagged this as trolling is baked.  I'm mocking a former Spartan recruit... how is that trolling?  Unless you drive a Kia, you've got no reason to be trolled by this post.