Michigan State has finished second in several recruiting battles in recent weeks. Now the Spartans have lost one of their own.
Jay Harris, a wide receiver from Exton, Pa., who signed in February with Michigan State, has decided not to play football and instead pursue a career as a rapper. RecruitingNation rated Harris as a three-star prospect and the 17th best player in Pennsylvania in the 2013 class.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
"I've been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now," said Harris, who perfoms under the name Jay DatBull.
His first single "DatBull 4 Life," was uploaded to YouTube in late April and has surpassed 50,000 views.
Harris said he made his decision to forgo football about a week before the video debuted. He knew people would watch it, Harris said, but not that many in such a short time. A mixtape is slated for a June 1 release and Harris said he plans to work with a professional producer this summer.
A Michigan State spokesman told the newspaper it was a mutual decision for Harris not to come to East Lansing.
Wonder what it was like when Harris broke the news to his family.
"So, mom, forget about that full-ride to a Big Ten college. I'm going to be rapper, instead. Happy Mother's Day!"
Maybe things would have been different if Harris performed under the name, JaySpartan.
The video, by the way, likely wouldn't have gone over well with Michigan State's coaches or administrators. It begins with Harris lighting up -- while I'm no expert, I don't think it's tobacco -- and rapping, "I'm DatBull, for life, I'll take your wife." There's much more -- a reference to ballet dancing -- but this is a family blog, and I have a feeling Harris' song will get a few more page views after today's news.
The 5-11, 162-pound Harris committed to Michigan State last June but told the Inquirer it was a "halfhearted" pledge.
Best of luck to Jay DatBull. Maybe Michigan State can play his next YouTube hit at a game this season.
Or maybe not.