Walled Lake Western WR Yaseen Ruled Eligible By MHSAA

He was originally deemed ineligible because he had exceeded the maximum course limit.

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August 22, 2019 - 5:17 pm

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WWJ -- Walled Lake Western's Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen will get to play his senior season after all.

The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the Northwestern-bound wide receiver is in fact eligible for this 2019-20 season, after initially ruling him ineligible, saying that he began his high school academic career a year early when he was homeschooled and took online academy courses..

"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," the MHSAA said in a statement.

His father, Yaseen Khalid, tells WWJ he's glad the dilemma is over with.

"I’m just really relieved, really excited for him," he said. "Plus, it’s his senior year. I think that’s something about high school, you know, you want to go out with your teammates and try to win one for the school. It’s very important to him."

Walled Lake Western initially reported the student’s potential ineligibility at the Executive Committee’s Aug. 1 meeting, acording to the MHSAA. Yaseen 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 this initial information," the association said.

The MHSAA says the new material that they reviewed "consisted of the full records of the student’s educational history, including work completed as a homeschool student both working independently as well as taking courses in the online academy through 2015-16."

"After a thorough review of these academic records, the Executive Committee confirmed Walled Lake Western’s initial determination that this student began ninth grade to start the 2016-17 school year, making the student eligible through the 2019-20 school year."

"The eligibility of all students at MHSAA member schools includes maximum eligibility in eight semesters since starting the ninth grade at any school. The Executive Committee did not approve a fifth year of eligibility; rather, the Committee determined based on all material submitted and discovered that the student’s seventh and eighth semesters of enrollment and competition will take place during the 2019-20 school year."

Yaseen, a 4-star prospect ranked as the 69th best wide receiver in the nation and 11th best player in the Michigan recruiting class of 2020 by 247Sports

Yaseen continued to practice with his Warriors teammates during the appeal process.

"Can’t sit around the house worrying about what rules -- got to focus on what I can do," Yaseen told WWJ's Jon Hewett last week.

Yaseen plans to graduate early and enroll at Northwestern in January, a path not uncommon with incoming freshmen in NCAA football. Western coaches and Yaseen's family said they were never informed of his elevated class status upon entering high school. Yaseen's father, like many, was confused why the MHSAA denied an appeal by the family and the school.

"We had no idea, because he wasn’t eligible to play high school sports at that point," his father said last week. "There’s no reason, in my estimation, that they would not have granted that waiver. It’s still frustrating."

The Warriors are open the season on Aug. 29 at home against White Lake Whiteland, looking to build off an 8-4 season and a district championship last fall.