Wide receiver Justin McCay transfered from Oklahoma to Kansas, but the NCAA has denied a hardship eligibility waiver for the Shawn Mission native. There is still a chance that the redshirt sophomore WR receives immediate eligibility, because the NCAA recommended that Kansas appeals the decision to the Legislative Relief Subcommittee.
Kansas is hoping for an appeal on the receiver, as McCay would be a huge, immediate upgrade to a wide receiver core that needs his talent. Dayne Crist has been extremely impressive in spring camp and has fully grasped the offense, but he needs weapons around him. Crist has been slinging long bombs all over the field, but the receivers have not been able to connect on those passes or have been dropping them.
Neither outcomes instill much confidence into an offense, and perfect throws that end up being dropped are the bane of a QB’s life.
The Justin McCay story has been the biggest story of the offseason in Lawrence, and Jayhawks fans have been waiting to hear the news on him. The fact that the NCAA did not grant immediate eligibility is disheartening to both the teams and fans, but there is hope that an appeal can get done.
“We are disappointed in the NCAA staff’s decision,” said Charlie Weis. “But we will take its advice and will appeal to the Subcommittee. We certainly hope that the members of the Subcommittee, who work day-to-day on campuses and in conference offices, will see Justin’s situation for what it is and make a decision that is in his best interest. I’ve spoken to Justin and he understands the initial ruling by the NCAA and is encouraged that they recommended that we appeal his case to the Subcommittee. He will make a statement after the ruling by the Subcommittee.”
The Jayhawks will appeal by Tuesday, and the appeal decision will be made before the first day of May at 5:00 PM. That time period will be filled with more anxious waiting for the former Oklahoma receiver, the fans, the coaching staff, and players on the team. McCay’s decision to choose Kansas was met with much happiness from the Jayhawks, and we’ll see if he can get to work and build up a rapport with Crist this year. The lost time has already hurt, but all that matters right now is the appeal from the Legislative Relief Subcommittee.
As a recruit, Justin McCay was a top, four-star recruit who was rated five stars by Scout.com. He was the best recruit in the state of Kansas, one of the top ten receivers in the country, and one of the top 60 recruits overall.
McCay brings terrific athleticism, versatility, and skill at the wide receiver position. Being able to make plays will not be a concern with Justin McCay; that’s for sure. To illustrate this, his forty time was at 4.5 as a recruit, and he had a 42-inch vertical jump. Those are insane numbers, and he was also fantastic in high school.