Cornerback Jadon Boatright left the University of New Mexico program of his own volition and not because of academic problems, Lobos coach Bob Davie said on Saturday.
The academic problems came later, Davie said, because Boatright left without completing his academic work for the 2015 spring semester.
On June 2, Davie told the Journal that Boatright, a 2014 sophomore from Liberty Hill, Texas, was “not coming back.” Davie said the player’s departure “ended up, really, being an academic situation.”
That evening in an online story and in the print edition the following day, the Journal reported that Boatright would not return because of academic issues.
Saturday, Davie called the Journal and said Boatright was unhappy at how his departure had been characterized. The player actually had left because he was unhappy in the program, the coach said. Only after his departure did academics become an issue, in that his failure to complete the semester made him ineligible.
In his two seasons at UNM, Boatright was in on 42 tackles and had 2½ tackles for loss, three pass breakups and two passes defensed. He started six games last season.
OFFER FOR ORTEGA: Cleveland High School quarterback Gabe Ortega announced on Twitter that he has received a scholarship offer from UNM.
Ortega will be a senior at Cleveland next fall. As a junior, according to MaxPreps.com, he accounted for 21 touchdowns – 14 throwing, seven running – and averaged almost 250 yards total offense.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound, dual-threat quarterback completed 54 percent of his passes, according to MaxPreps, and rushed for 729 yards with an 8-yard average per carry.
Ortega is the fourth New Mexico high school 2015-16 senior known to have been offered a scholarship by UNM. The others are:
Henry Hattis, Ortega’s Cleveland teammate – a 6-6, 265-pound offensive lineman.
Grant Hermanns, a 6-6, 255-pound lineman – perhaps offensive, perhaps defensive – from Rio Rancho.
Teton Saltes, a 6-6, 245-pound defensive end from Valley.