The road to the Chicago Public League championship just got a whole lot easier this season. Chicago (Ill.) Julian High School was considered the front-runner to take home the league championship this season, after former Chicago (Ill.) Morgan Park High School quarterback Dae'Shaun Hurley transferred to Julian over the summer.
Hurley, who was already being courted by numerous Division I schools -- Arizona, West Virginia and four different Big Ten schools among them -- made the decision to transfer after Morgan Park head coach Lexie Spurlock was fired. As the Chicago Tribune reported, the move immediately sent up red flags, as Chicago Sports League administrators started to take a closer look at the transfer to see if it was made for athletic reasons.
Chicago Public League sports administration director Calvin Johnson ruled on Wednesday that the transfer was indeed made for athletic purposes, forcing Hurley to sit out the entire season.
Davis said he determined that Hurley and another Julian football player transferred for athletic purposes, which is against Public League and Illinois High School Association rules. First-year Julian coach Jason Richardson was an assistant under Spurlock.
The ruling was not only a big blow for Julian -- it also left the star quarterback in a difficult spot. While Hurley was set to play quarterback this season, college scouts were hoping to get a glimpse of the signal-caller in the secondary, a position most hadn't seen Hurley play before.
"I've written and talked about how colleges wanting to look at early senior tape is bull 98 percent of the time. This is one of a handful of kids who certainly would have gotten some more looks," recruiting expert Tim O'Halloran of EdgyTim.com told the Chicago Tribune. "The bigger schools are looking at him as a DB, and there is very limited film of him there as a junior."
Hurley isn't the first high-profile quarterback to be ruled ineligible for an illegal transfer. Just last season, Southlake Carroll (Texas) High School quarterback Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible for the season, after it was determined that he had moved from Oklahoma to Texas to play football for the Texas powerhouse.
The difference between Garman and Hurley is that Garman had already accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Arizona before his senior year. Hurley doesn't have that luxury. At this point, his best route will most likely be Division II, with a potential transfer after a season or two to a Division I school.
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