Football player finds home at UCF, after immigration status prevents joining UGA

Chester Brown. Photo - Dawg Post

In the wake of an immigration snafu at The University of Georgia, football commit Chester Brown has signed on to play football for the The University of Central Florida.

The 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman had initially committed to the UGA Bulldogs last July. This January, however, Brown withdrew his commitment “for personal reasons,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The Atlanta newspaper later confirmed, however, that the real reason for the Samoan-born athlete’s withdrawal was his immigration status and the Georgia Board of Regents’ 2010 policy regarding students unable to prove that they are American citizens. The policy states that undocumented students cannot take the spot of a legal Georgia resident if enrollment space is limited.

According to ESPN, Brown immigrated with his family to Long Beach, Calif. in the mid-1990s from Samoa. In 2004, the Brown family moved to Hinesville, Ga.

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