JaQuay Williams, the state’s No. 1 college football prospect at WR this past year, will not play at Auburn this season.
Williams, who signed with Auburn in February after a last-minute flirtation with UGA, did not meet NCAA entrance requirements.
The Sandy Creek High School star will report instead to prep school – hopefully for one semester, with the idea of enrolling at Auburn in January.
“We finalized it today,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker told the AJC. “We talked with Auburn’s coaches, and with classes already started there, they wanted to go ahead and send him to Fork Union (prep school).”
Williams was taking an online class this summer to satisfy NCAA Clearinghouse standards but fell just short.
“It was heartbreaking,” Walker said. “Everybody wanted him at Auburn. It’s just one of them deals. But hopefully he’ll go to Fork Union for only one semester and be back at Auburn by January.
“It’s tough on JaQuay now, but I know he’ll turn it into a positive. He’ll get to go to Auburn in January, go through the offseason workouts with the team and be able to participate in spring practice.”
Walker said his prized prospect took the news in stride. “He’s handling it well, like he does with everything else. I can’t say enough about the great character of this young man. Obviously, he’s disappointed about not being at Auburn right now. But he understands that prep school is part of the big picture to get him there in January. He’s ready to get this taken care of.”
“Again, he’s handling it exceptionally well. I can’t say enough great things about this 18-year-old young man.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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