Miami Hurricanes QB prospect Jake Garcia ruled ineligible in Georgia

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Miami Hurricanes quarterback prospect Jake Garcia who is currently committed to USC has been ruled ineligible to play in Georgia according to a report by ESPN.

Jake Garcia who is the leading prospect at quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes in the Class of 2021 has been ruled ineligible by the Georgia High School Association according to a report by ESPN. Garcia who is currently committed to USC transferred from his home in California following the cancellation of their football season.

Garcia is the 39th ranked player in the Class of 2021, the fourth-ranked pro-style QB and fourth-ranked played in Georgia. There has been widespread speculation that Garcia will flip his commitment from USC. The Trojans also have a commitment from four-star 2021 QB Miller Moss and Miami is without a 2021 QB commit.

The ruling of ineligibility centers around the reasons for Garcia moving to Valdosta, Georgia. Garcia began the 2020 season throwing for 339 yards and two touchdowns as Valdosta defeated Warner Robins High School 28-25. Garcia has not played in the last two games because of a hamstring injury.

The move from California to Georgia seemed to meet the Georgia High School Association rules per the ESPN report. Garcia and his father moved to Valdosta from their California home this summer. The move requires one or both parents to move with the student into the Georgia school district that the student resides in.

"“(A) bona fide move (in which the) student moved simultaneously with the entire parental unit or persons he/she resided with at the former school, and the student and parent(s) or persons residing with the student live in the service area of the new school.”"

Players move frequently and especially in South Florida transfer high schools to further their football opportunities and development. All reports indicate that Garcia is living in the Valdosta High School district. The family was completely transparent about his move. Per ESPN Garcia will appeal the decision.

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ESPN reported that Garcia did not make in their words a bonafide move to Valdosta. Its obvious they moved because of football, but 80 other players in Georgia were approved to play this fall because of the move. Garcia’s father Randy, a former Nebraska QB, separated from his wife Yvonne to help secure eligibility.