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Class of ’18 UK football commit is ineligible over mysterious text messages

One of Kentucky football’s prized commits is in a bizarre situation down in Florida and it is costing him his eligibility.

Jermaine Eskridge, a five-star wide receiver in the 2018 class, has been forced to sit out his sophomore season of football due to mysterious text messages. The messages in question were sent from Eskridge to who he believed was a recruiter at USC, giving Eskridge’s former home address as the place he could currently be reached. The problem is, Eskridge transferred to another district and is supposed to be living somewhere else, therefore putting his eligibility in jeopardy.

It turns out, there is no USC recruiter — a phony name was given to Eskridge — and the messages were turned in to the Florida High School Athletic Association by the coaching staff at Eskridge’s former school, leading to speculation he was set up. The former coaches refuse to say where the text messages came from, but whoever it was, is purposely costing the young wide receiver time on the field.

His mother, who moved the family to be closer to her dialysis clinic, told Fox 13 News, “I can’t afford college, so he needs a scholarship. If he’s not on the field playing, the scholarship is in jeopardy.”

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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27 Comments for Class of ’18 UK football commit is ineligible over mysterious text messages

  1. doc
    10:09 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    If she’s so worried about a scholarship, she must not think his commitment to UK is very firm because I don’t see Stoops (or whoever is the coach in 2018) pulling the offer over this.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:25 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      the problem may also be that if he’s not playing, he’s not staying sharp. who’s to say he will still be a 5* in 3 years? (ok i’m not saying he’ll drop down to a 3*, but crazier things have happened)

  2. Laker Cat 18
    10:09 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    The kid should be playing in the district in which he resides. If he doesn’t, he’s asking for trouble. That’s on the parents. Dot your I’s and cross your T’s folks.

  3. CatsBy80
    10:18 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    If the coaches of his former school set this up, that is pretty low. These are grown men setting up a 16 year old. That is pretty classless in my opinion.

    • uknbama
      11:20 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Amen! I wouldn’t put it past anyone these days. So sad…

  4. Come on people
    10:18 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    What does it matter where he lives, kid transferred to better himself for the future. No one tells a person they can’t take a new job that will better your quality of life. Why should we do this to kids? Again, he went to a new school to better his future. If anything we should give him a hand for even thinking about his future.

    • ukjaybrat
      10:27 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      He didn’t go to a new school though. He moved and played at the same school across town. That’s against the rules. It seems like a silly rule, but it prevents a larger school from taking all the talent in the city and winning the title every year. remember recruiting is illegal in high school sports (for public schools)

    • ukjaybrat
      10:28 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      scratch that… i misread the article

    • ukjaybrat
      10:30 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Now i’m really unsure of what he did wrong. If someone he knows still lives at his old address. why can’t he use that as a correspondence location. Living at the new address and playing at the new school but using the old address for mail isn’t illegal the last time i checked. I have to still be missing something.

  5. Aj007
    10:42 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Not sure what he did wrong. If he listed his former address as a place to be contacted, but is playing/living in a new area…what’s the problem?

    • catdaddyd
      11:45 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      I think he lied and said he moved to a new address to attend a different school. But didn’t actually move, it’s a good rule. It keeps down recruiting in the high schools. I think there was a lady in Louisville who got arrested for sending her kid to an Oldham County school.

  6. BGF
    10:43 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Hillsborough County athletics are strange to say the least. They never make a decision that is best for or in the interest of students. The county athletic director, not the most well liked person among coaches in Tampa.

  7. Andrew
    10:50 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like the former coaches are a bunch of scumbags

  8. Claude B
    10:54 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Sounds like he will fit in well.

    • Bobby Petrino
      11:33 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Has he punched a woman yet? If so, I’ll happily take him.

  9. KT
    11:04 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    As somebody who has been moving a lot recently I have given out my old address a couple of times. Mail forwards to the new one for a year anyway so it wouldn’t be a big deal. Its hard to remember an address sometimes if you’ve only lived there a couple weeks. Sounds like a really low and Bitter move by his former coach.

  10. School Employee
    11:06 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I know in the state of Kentucky it IS against the law to attend a school outside of your district. You attend the school assigned to the home you reside. You cannot use a former address or an address of friend or family so you’re child can go to that designated school. Just recently, residents in Jefferson County were using false address in Oldham County so their children could attend there. Those parents were subject to fines resulting in thousands of dollars and the people who let them use their address so they could enroll in Oldham were also fined.

    • Matt
      11:34 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

      If you read the actual news story, it says that the kid got a hardship waiver from the school board to attend the new school without living in the district because his mom got dialysis treatment 3 times a week nearby. So the school board explicitly have him permission to have an outside address anyways. This should all be moot.

    • Nope
      12:53 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      In a lot of cases here in Kentucky it is NOT against the rules to attend/play sports for a school outside one’s district.

      It just depends on whether the two school districts involved have some form of reciprocal agreement permitting students to attend an out-of-district school system. And of course, private schools are permitted to accept/enroll students irrespective of their home address.

  11. BlueRedneck
    11:07 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Quote from the article:

    “Alonso assistant Coach Greg Callahan did not respond to an interview request. State business records show he also helps run the business CALIPREPS.NET — “California’s Top Football Recruiting Source,” according to the website.

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, Callahan was reprimanded by Hart earlier this year for his role in making another player’s transfer difficult. “Does anyone have loyalty any longer?” he tweeted on March 17, according to the article.”

    Sounds like the rat has been outed. Pretty classless to do that to the kid. I have a feeling that Coach Stoops will be good to his word, and we will see this kid suited up in blue in a couple of years.

  12. KT
    11:17 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    I agree Blue, I just read the article and he’s done this to several players and even got mad at one kid and tried to scare off every college recruiter. What a jerk. He would also start false rumors about some of them to get their fellow students riled up against them and at least one had to be removed by administration a month early because he was getting threatened and it was creating a dangerous environment at the school.

    Wow, this is a grown (excuse of a ) man doing this to teenagers, smh.

    • J-Dub421
      2:20 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      This guy should be fired. He is actively trying to ruin the lives of young athletes that he’s supposed to be helping achieve their dreams. What a despicable person.

  13. Wildcatwill
    11:53 am October 1, 2015 Permalink

    What a poor excuse as a supposed teacher and coach. Here’s his twitter @CoachCal74

  14. UKfanNKY
    12:02 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    The Kid is 16years old for Gods sake……former Coaches are a bunch of butt-hurt classless pricks!!!

  15. fatbrat
    1:23 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    This is way old news! I can’t believe this is now surprising breaking news? I can bet if he was committed to FSU or UF this would have been cleared up. From what I can tell he is a UK firm commit. This USC thing was before he committed to UK.

    • BillDozer
      4:56 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Well the news story just broke yesterday so unless someone tells KSR directly when the news occurs, they can only rely on the reporting.

      Sounds like you live there. I doubt KSR keeps up with HS change of addresses in Florida.

  16. Charlie Waite
    2:28 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Could he not just go to a local private school, or prep school, and avoid this?