Taking action: Parent of VHS football player files lawsuit

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Jul. 16—VALDOSTA — The mother of a Valdosta High football player ruled ineligible is taking legal action against the Georgia High School Association.

Shafreda Hall, mother of Valdosta High football player Ty'Li Lewis, has filed a lawsuit against the GHSA as a result of Lewis being one of the five Wildcats to be ruled ineligible for the 2021 season.

In June 2020, Lewis enrolled as a student at Valdosta High School as a junior.

The suit claims that Hall signed an "undue influence form," which verifies that Lewis was not influenced to enroll at Valdosta.

As a junior, Lewis recorded 84 tackles for the Wildcats and garnered attention from colleges with his senior year left to play.

Following the 2020 season, Valdosta City Schools Superintendent Dr. William Todd Cason and Valdosta City Schools Athletic Director Reginald Mitchell were made aware of the now-infamous recorded conversation between former Valdosta Touchdown Club director Michael "Nub" Nelson and head coach Rush Propst made on May 16, 2020, that purportedly detailed instances of recruiting violations connected to the Valdosta Wildcats football program.

Lewis was not mentioned by name on the recording and Hall maintains that her son was never recruited to attend Valdosta High School or play football for the Wildcats.

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