- Alex Owah still hopes to
be an impact football player in college. It won't, however, be at the University
Harrisonburg High School's senior tailback said Thursday
he will not be attending U.Va. - the school he committed to after his junior
season - because he failed to satisfy the university's academic standards.
"Though I will meet all of the NCAA eligibility
requirements to be admitted into a Division I football scholarship program,"
Owah said in a hand-delivered written statement, "I will fall short of the rigid
U.Va. admissions requirements due to a class that I am currently retaking while
working to improve my SAT scores. Due to these circumstances I am making myself
available to other schools that had expressed interest in me prior to my verbal
commitment with U.Va."
As a junior, Owah received scholarship offers from U.Va.,
Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Division I-AA James Madison. Tennessee and West
Virginia also were interested at the time. In a brief interview Thursday, Owah
said Connecticut, Marshall and North Carolina State have shown interest since
hearing of his situation with U.Va.
Michael Colley, the assistant sports information
director in charge of football at Virginia, said the university would have no
comment on Owah.