|FAMU allegedly pulled Dave Montas’ scholarship offer hours before National Signing Day. (South Florida HS Sports photo)|
In a few hours, thousands of student-athletes around the country will announce where they plan on playing college football as part of National Signing Day. Hialeah (FL) High offensive guard Dave Montas planned on officially signing with Florida A&M and playing football for the storied FCS program. It looks like that won’t happen, and FAMU is about to take some heat from it.
FAMU originally offered Montas a scholarship last March, and he committed a few months later. But according to this tweet, his plan to play for the Rattlers came to an abrupt end Tuesday night.
All coaches and players MUST READ THIS! @HeraldSportsHS @JTWilcoxSports @SFHSSports @HSFball @akosnitzky @Safid_Deen pic.twitter.com/oNYLdplZwA
— Hialeah T-BREDS (@HialeahFootball) February 5, 2014
This type of thing happens all the time for various reasons. If this is true, we don’t know why the coaching staff at FAMU decided not to go through with the offer. But with the emergence of social media, don’t be surprised if you hear about this again. And you can bet that other FCS schools will use this as a strike against the Rattlers.
Unacceptable. RT @HialeahFootball All coaches and players MUST READ THIS! pic.twitter.com/cObQjRlui3
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 5, 2014
HALF OF THE SQUAD , #TBREDS🏈 pic.twitter.com/EjI2yRhc4J
— ✈️Alin Edouard #10✈️ (@ALLEN_EDWARD2) January 28, 2014
Update: Apparently, FAMU rescinded its scholarship offer due to Montas’ test scores. Here’s what the player and his coach, Marc Berman told Al.com.
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js “It hurts because they were telling me I was good (academically),” Montas told AL.com. “If I wasn’t good, they were leading me on. They should have seen this coming.
“A lot of schools came in with interest but were concerned with my test scores and I respect that. But they told me up front.”
Both Montas and Berman told AL.com the offensive lineman met the NCAA’s full-qualifier status based on the sliding scale.
The offer being pulled, Berman said, was a result of too many commitments.
“FAMU had too many offers,” Berman told AL.com on Tuesday night. “They shouldn’t wait until 6:20 p.m. the night before National Signing Day. They shattered the kid’s dreams.”
February 5, 2014 at 6:15 am
So interesting to read people in denial about the way FAMU handled this matter..it was not handled well period..FAMU needs to get better at this…period..They are the grownups here…If you over committ you over commit what the athlete should have know you were going to over commit come on now…Don't make excuses get better at running your football program…perception is reality.
February 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm
The young man knows if his grades are good or not!! How do U fault the University for taking the nesassary measures to ensure that every player is qualified and eligible to participate!!! Considering what has happened in the past with ineligible players being on the team!! I DON'T BLAME FAMU AT ALL!! GOOD LUCK TO THE YOUNG MAN and I pray He does get an opportunity to play football in college somewhere, BUT FIRST REALIZING THE MAIN REASON U ARE IN COLLEGE IS TO GET AN EDUCATION!! Be Blessed!! 🙂
February 7, 2014 at 1:51 am
It is STUDENT-Athlete, NOT the other way around.
Would this have been any better if FAMU had taken a safer route, like pull the offer at 10 a.m. the morning of when his tweets would have been too late?
August 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Scholarship is so important for those learners who couldn’t afford expensive fees
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