Walled Lake Western coach Alex Grignon received some great news Thursday when the MHSAA determined that receiver/cornerback Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen has been ruled eligible to play his senior year.
The MHSAA originally ruled that Yaseen had used up all of his high school eligibility. Yaseen, a Northwestern commit, had been homeschooled before enrolling at Walled Lake Western.
The MHSAA released this statement:
“Based on additional information and review of the full educational transcripts recently received, the Executive Committee of the Michigan High School Athletic Association has determined that a Walled Lake Western student-athlete ruled earlier this month to be ineligible for this school year will be allowed to compete after finding the student will not exceed the maximum semesters of enrollment and competition as a high school student by playing sports in 2019-20.
“Walled Lake Western, on behalf of the student, first reported the student’s potential ineligibility at the Executive Committee’s Aug. 1 meeting. The student had been homeschooled and also took courses through an online academy prior to enrolling at Walled Lake Western in 2016-17. Transcripts originally submitted to the MHSAA were incomplete regarding the student’s academic standing. The Executive Committee originally ruled the student ineligible for 2019-20 based on initial information.”
Yaseen earned a spot on The Detroit News’ All-North first-team last year after having 53 receptions for 964 yards and 10 TDs.
“I was told he is able to play,” Grignon told The Detroit News on Thursday. “We’re putting him back on the depth chart, and we’re continuing to game plan for Lakeland. We’re happy that he can play.”
Western hosts Lakeland in the season opener Aug. 29.
“He’s been practicing for us, and he’s taken every scout team rep on both sides of the ball,” Grignon said. “He loves playing; just that effort and enthusiasm is what you want to be contagious. His attitude is positive always, so it’s tough to be down in the dumps around him.”
Now, Grignon plans to keep Yaseen on the field as much as the possible.
“He’ll play more defensive back than he did last year,” Grignon said. “We’ll find ways to get him the ball. We don’t want to just isolate him out wide and let people double him. We’ll do some jets and bubbles, maybe line him up at tailback.”