Former Florida State linebacker Ukeme Eligwe has had some troubles in the past. Those troubles, mostly problems with marijuana, led to him being kicked off the Seminoles’ team in November of last year.
It has been nearly eight months, but the former four-star recruit out of Georgia is returning to his home state to start over.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Eligwe will be continuing his career as an Eagle with Georgia Southern University.
Eligwe’s choices were reportedly cut down to Southern, UGA, and Samford, but he was ultimately pushed to make his decision due to the start of summer classes in Statesboro next week.
“It was looking like it might be UGA, because it’s so close to home,” his former coach at Stone Mountain, Jatavis Sanders, told the AJC. “But summer school started this week at Georgia Southern, and he felt like he needed to make a decision. He felt like he couldn’t wait any longer to see if things were going to work out with UGA. He was just so impressed with Georgia Southern. He likes it there, and he didn’t want to miss out on that opportunity if things fell through with UGA.”
It was reported that Eligwe was on the campus in Athens earlier this month when he was attending a 7-on-7 tournament, but that apparently didn’t sway him enough to keep from making his decision on Wednesday.
Eligwe will have at least one year of eligibility left, but he could have two. He missed most of the 2014 season due to injury, so if he can get a medical hardship granted, he will gain one of his seasons of eligibility back.
The Eagles will have to work with Eligwe to get him back to both being healthy and on the right track with smoking marijuana. It may be a risk, but you know the saying. This is certainly a case of “high risk, high reward” for the Eagles, who look to repeat as Sun Belt champions in 2015. 2014 was the school’s first year in the FBS, so they weren’t eligible for the postseason, despite going an impressive 9-3 and 8-0 in the conference.
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