We’ve heard plenty of college football recruits back out on commitments for unusual reasons but this is a first: Michigan State wide receiver signee Jay Harris said he will not play for the Spartans because he is trying his hand at rap.
The three-star wide receiver from Exton, PA, goes by the rap handle Jay DatBull and had his first single “DatBull 4 Life” (sample lyric: “I’m DatBull for life, I’ll take yo wife.”) uploaded on YouTube in April. It currently has over 50,000 page views on YouTube and a mix tape is scheduled for release on July 1st.
Harris had 54 catches for 792 yards and 13 touchdowns for Downtown East High School last fall. While Harris bailing on Michigan State comes as a sh0ck, it looks like his stay in East Lansing might have been short anyway based on all the apparent marijuana in his music video.
And there’s the rub. Philly.com updated its original Tuesday story on Harris to say Michigan State pulled his scholarship after viewing the nine videos he has posted online that include marijuana and lyrics about drugs, women and homosexuals. A Michigan State spokesman told Philly.com that the two sides parting was “a mutual decision.”
Harris originally told Philly.com his commitment to Michigan State last year was “halfhearted” and added, ““I’ve always had [rapping] in the back of my head, but never had the courage to tell my parents that this is what I want to do.”
Telling your parents that you want to try and be a rapper instead of taking a free education at a Big Ten school? We’d be scared to tell our parents that, too.