The Ole Miss athletic department has released Dacorious 'D.J.' Law from his signed National Letter of Intent.
The Haines City running back sent athletic departments from three schools scrambling on National Signing Day after he faxed three National Letters of Intent to Ole Miss, Utah and East Mississippi Community College.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze released a statement through the schools media relations department on Thursday afternoon, "Our compliance department is cooperating fully with the NLI office on this matter. We are completely certain no wrongdoing occurred by our coaching or compliance staff. Regardless of the outcome of the findings, we want the young man to attend the school he wants. After talking with D.J. and his family, we are releasing him from his NLI and wish him the best. We have put this matter behind us and plan to make best use of that scholarship."
Law had a far more eventful day than most college football prospects Wednesday.
A 3-star-rated running back at Haines City High, Law reportedly signed three National Letters of Intent and left those schools receiving his faxed documents scrambling to figure out which one would be the program landing the talented athlete.
Officials at Haines City High could not be reached on Thursday.
Several media reports have Ole Miss receiving the first NLI at 8:23 a.m., Wednesday, and Utah also announced the signing, but later Wednesday afternoon. Whichever school was first to validate the signature with the NCAA will be the legal-binding destination for Law, should the school accept his letter after such shenanigans.
To throw another wrench into the equation, Law also apparently has signed with East Mississippi Community College, but signing with an FBS program and a junior college program is not unprecedented. Players sometimes are unsure if their academic qualifications are going to meet standards and will sign with a two-year program just in case their Division I goals fall short.
Ole Miss announced the signing of Law on its Twitter feed @OleMissFB at 9:22 a.m., Wednesday, posting: "D.J. Law (ATH, Haines City, Fla.) is officially an Ole Miss Rebel! #NewRebels."
Utah then did the same via @UtahAthletics at 4:54 p.m., "A new face in the crowd with DJ Law joining us: congrats again to our new #Utes #UtahNSD #Pac12NSD."
But of course, that's not all.
Law, who accounted for 20 touchdowns this past season, had a selection ceremony and it was captured by Tampa area Bright House Networks affiliate Bay News 9. He had both hats from Ole Miss and Utah. On the video, Law picked up the Utah hat and placed it on his head.
What transpired may not matter at all.
Freeze, commenting on players the Rebels signed Wednesday, said Law of had, "He's got some academic challenges. Hopefully he can overcome those."
If he doesn't meet his qualifying standards, he'll be headed to East Mississippi. Then he can do another signing day after raising his academic status.
We can't wait.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, Instagram at os_recruiting and on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.