GHSA deems Grayson QB transfer eligible

The Georgia High School Association approved the eligibility of Grayson quarterback Jake Garcia on Monday, allowing the transfer to practice immediately with his new high school team.

Garcia, a consensus four-star quarterback and Southern California commit, joins the Rams in time for Friday’s matchup with Parkview, a home game that will be televised by ESPN2. Grayson has two more regular season games after Friday — Nov. 6 at Brookwood and Nov. 13 at home against Newton.

Garcia, who enrolled at Grayson last Friday, transferred to Valdosta High School from his home in Los Angeles earlier this year. He moved after California postponed high school football due to coronavirus concerns. When the GHSA denied Garcia eligibility at Valdosta, he began searching for another landing spot.

The transfer to Grayson marks the fifth high school for a prospect ranked 18th in the national ESPN 300 and who is set to enroll early at USC. ESPN has chronicled the quarterback’s story that included his parents legally separating so Garcia could be eligible through a “bona-fide move,” in GHSA terminology. It was deemed by the organization that the move to Valdosta wasn’t a “bona-fide move,” which set in motion the family looking for other options.

Parkview-Grayson kickoff time moved by ESPNThe Friday, Oct. 30 high school football game between Parkview and Grayson has been moved up for its TV broadcast on ESPN2.

The game, hosted at Grayson, is now a 6 p.m. start.

Gilliom commits to Kansas

North Gwinnett senior Jayson Gilliom committed Monday to the University of Kansas football program.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back has 20 tackles (16 solos), four pass breakups, a sack and an interception this season. He also has five catches and has thrown a touchdown pass on offense. He previously played at Alpharetta before transferring to North.

Walker chooses Emory

Parkview senior Sydney Walker has committed to the Emory University swimming program.

Walker, who trains at SwimAtlanta, is a team captain and four-year swimmer for the Panthers. She swam on a county-record 400 freestyle relay as a junior, and also swam on 200 and 400 free relays that earned All-American status, including a state champion in the 400 free relay.

She has a 4.0 GPA, is ranked in the top 10 of her class, is a National Merit semifinalist and is a member of the National Honor Society, Environmental Club (project manager) and the Parkview Student Leadership Team.

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