It was not a rival program that drew Harris, but instead a different career path. The 5-foot-11, 162-pound [Downingtown] senior said he wants to make it as a rapper.
John Lewandowski, Michigan State’s associate athletic director/communications, said “it was a mutual decision.”
He is ranked by ESPN as the state’s 17th ranked senior and second-best wideout. Harris scored 13 touchdowns last season on 54 catches for 792 yards.
“I’ve been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now,” said Harris, who perfoms under the name Jay DatBull.
His first single “DatBull 4 Life,” was uploaded to YouTube in late April and has surpassed 50,000 views.
Harris said he made his decision to forego football about a week before the video debuted. He knew people would watch it, Harris said, but not that many in such a short time.
A mixtape is slated for a June 1 release and Harris said he plans to work with a professional producer this summer.
Newsflash, Holmes– 50,000 views in three weeks, which is what CB gets in about a day, isn’t putting you on the cusp of stardom. You know what puts you on the cusp of stardom? 455 million views. Carly Rae Jepsen views. But why bother with the exposure of playing football on national TV, which builds you an audience, and followers, and gives you a name, and a brand, and maybe even puts you in the NFL, to make a name for yourself? Totally a good decision to skip school and potential fame to take a swing at becoming a rap mogul on your own with a low-res, age-restricted YouTube video, a mixtape and the promise of working with a professional producer. You’re well on your way.
There, now you can make a song about your haters. You’re welcome.
H/T to reader Ben