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There is one thing we know for sure about Pennsylvania high school football recruit Jay Harris: The three-star wide receiver won’t be playing for Mark Dantonio at Michigan State this fall.

The why, however, is a little less clear.

On Tuesday, Harris made news when he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he had chosen to walk away from his football career, which included a commitment to play for the Spartans, to pursue a career in the music business.

“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 told the paper. However, the Inquirer later reported that Harris didn’t back out of his scholarship, but rather, was stripped of it after the school learned of a series of offensive rap videos Harris had posted to YouTube under the name “Jay DatBull.”

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Harris’ most popular clip, a video for his song, “Datbull 4 Life,” was posted two weeks ago had nearly 90,000 views as of this writing (WARNING: strong language). Harris called his commitment to Michigan State "halfhearted” during his interview with the Inquirer, and reportedly has a mixtape set to drop on June 1.

Harris also told the paper he is planning to work with producer M. Stacks this summer. According to Scout.com, Harris had also received scholarship offers from Old Dominion and Temple, in addition to generating interest from Connecticut, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Rutgers.

He committed to Michigan State in June and visited the school in January.

A Michigan State spokesman told the Inquirer that Harris' departure was “a mutual decision.”

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