Arabia Mountain High School, which is located outside of Atlanta, doesn’t look to be doing business with Georgia State University again anytime soon.
Head football coach Stanley Pritchett, who played in the NFL for nine years, is fuming after Georgia State allegedly asked one of his seniors to accept a grayshirt offer. Defensive back Jonathan Slaton had been committed to GSU since last July, but on Thursday was informed of the request, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
According to the NCAA website, here’s what that means: "In a grayshirt situation, a student-athlete attends college classes but is not an official member of a team and does not practice or compete."
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Well Pritchett wasn’t too thrilled about Georgia State changing its mind. Here’s what he told the AJC:
"I want it to be known that Georgia State won’t be welcomed back in Arabia Mountain for doing business like that to kids."
"That’s not professional. That’s not how we do things around here. The Georgia State coaches didn’t even bother to call me about it. The kid had to tell me about it this morning. I don’t know how they do business over there, but we’re not happy.
"More than anything, I’m upset because he was one of the first kids that committed in their class. 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."
Yikes. Looks like Slaton is going to try to find a better offer to play right away. Gerogia State coach Trent Miles told the AJC that he felt a grayshirt season is a benefit to the student athlete.
"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," he said. "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."