The Gannon football team gained a notable recruit this summer when former Hickory standout DeShawn Coleman joined the program.
The 6-foot, 170-pound running back originally had verbally committed to West Virginia last season.
However, Gannon made this announcement pertaining to Coleman today: “We have been informed that the NCAA has declared him a partial qualifier. So he will be redshirting this year and will be a redshirt freshman in 2014 with four years of eligibility remaining.”
Coleman was a two-time all-District 10 and two-time all-state selection while leading the Hornets to consecutive District 10 Class AA titles. He rushed for 4,141 yards and scored 70 touchdowns in two seasons.
Update: Gannon officials clarified this afternoon that Coleman had a good high school grade-point average and said that he was ineligible “because credits from his freshman year were not accepted by the NCAA Eligibility Center.”