One of Syracuse’s key incoming freshmen, safety Marquise Blair, has been denied admission by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will now attend junior college, as CuseNation.com reported on Monday.
It appears that some of Blair’s high school courses were not approved by the NCAA, as he finished five credits short of being admitted, as per Mike McAllister of CuseNation.com.
Wooster High head coach Doug Haas (Blair’s HS coach) said the courses were good enough for Wooster High and the state of Ohio in order to graduate. Alas, the NCAA still denied Blair admission.
”We put together a plan for Marquise and he executed it flawlessly,” Haas told McAllister. “Unfortunately in the NCAA’s eyes, they did not meet their course requirements.”
Blair will now head to junior college, and as of Monday afternoon he has yet to select a school. Since he was five credits short, he can not attend prep school and will have to graduate from a junior college to get accepted by a four-year school. Blair says he is still high on Syracuse, though.
The 6’3”, 185-pound safety was viewed as a four-star recruit by Scout.com and had offers from Purdue, Kent State and Toledo.