Offensive lineman Chester Brown is no longer a verbal commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs. Brown has decided to look elsewhere due to “personal reasons.”
The AJC has reported that Brown (6-5, 333) is unable to gain admission to UGA due to a new Board of Regents policy on illegal immigrants.
Brown’s parents are from Samoa (not American Samoa) but have insisted that Chester was born in the United State which makes him an American citizen. But apparently they have been unable to provide proof of that.
A variety of people with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the AJC on Tuesday that Brown’s change of heart was because his admissions application to UGA was rejected because of a controversial Board of Regents policy that was adopted in October 2010.
That policy, created in the wake of the Jessica Colotl uproar at Kennesaw State earlier that year, states that an undocumented student can’t take the seat of an otherwise academically qualified Georgia resident who has been turned away because of capacity constraints.
Brown’s mother insists that her son was born in the United States, which would make him a citizen, but Brown may not have been able to provide documentation to that effect.
Chester Brown was born Keka Alofa Brown. He has only been playing football since he was a freshman in high school, but wowed the Georgia coaches when he attended Dawg Night last year.
The Bulldogs are now back to 16 commitments for the 2012 class.