Eugene Germany: Decision Made; Will Announce Weds

As those who have followed recruiting for some time will attest, as time moves closer to National Signing Day, which is Wednesday, Feb. 2, strange events occur that leave fans scratching their heads and considering buying stock in companies that make antacids and pain-relievers. This year is no exception. <br><br> <b>Eugene Germany</b> of Pomona, Calif., has made his decision <i>again</i>. What schools are on the final list, and will Michigan be the bridesmaid again? <br>

"Eugene knows where he wants to go, and will let everyone know on Signing Day," John Brown, assistant coach at Pomona High School said. "It is down to Kansas State and Michigan. I think things are looking good for Michigan now, but I know as of last week he had Kansas State at No. 1; we'll just have to wait until he announces on Wednesday."

Michigan fans were left standing at the alter last recruiting season when four-star standout defensive lineman Eugene Germany of Pomona, Calif., High School spurned their scholarship offer for hometown USC.

As it turns out, the marriage wasn't meant to be, as Germany failed to gain admission to USC, and was released from his letter of intent. The coaching staff at Pomona contacted Michigan to see if the jilted party was still interested in the now-free Germany; the answer was a resounding yes, and all seemed happy in Wolverine-land. However, since Michigan had already started classes, Germany would need to wait until fall to begin. Having already lost a year, he was itching to get started, and schools that could get him in immediately began calling, namely Kansas State, Washington State, Oregon and San Diego State.

Under NCAA rules, when a student is considering a transfer, the target school is allowed to give one official visit if the first school agrees. With USC already giving their O.K., Germany took an official visit to Kansas State last weekend. Although classes at KSU have also begun, the Wildcats told Germany he could still enter now and be able to attend Spring Practice, according to Brown.

The question remains whether Germany is considered a transfer student. He never enrolled at USC but did begin practice with the team last summer. Under NCAA rules, the fact that he practiced with USC qualifies him as a transfer student.

According to NCAA Rule 14.5.2 Conditions Affecting Transfer Status

"A transfer student is an individual who transfers from a collegiate institution after having met any one of the following conditions at that institution:

(f) The student reported for a regular squad practice (including practice or conditioning activities that occur prior to certification per Bylaws and, announced by the institution through any member of its athletics department staff, prior to the beginning of any quarter or semester, as certified by the athletics director. Participation only in picture-day activities would not constitute "regular practice;"

"We're still looking into whether this applies to Eugene or not," Brown said. "All of the schools are telling Eugene they will take him and figure it all out later, including Michigan." Germany was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon this weekend, but the confusion over the transfer issue caused Oregon to cancel the visit. "They weren't sure if he'd have to sit out two-years or not," Brown said. "So they didn't think is was worth if for Eugene to come up at this time."

A recent proposal that would allow a student to transfer if he isn't enrolled, even though he attended practice, was defeated. As such the school in which Germany enrolls would most likely appeal for an exception.

Rules are from the NCAA website

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