Former Buffalo Gap running back Pickle Nuckols is enrolled at Bridgewater College, but has not joined the school's football team.
Nuckols, who ran for 4,213 yards and 59 touchdowns in his two varsity seasons with the Bison, had committed to play college football at Randolph-Macon.
In a voicemail Thursday afternoon, Michelle Nuckols, the running back's mother, confirmed that her son had left Randolph-Macon to be closer to home for personal reasons.
She also said her son did not leave Randolph-Macon for any negative reason, saying coach Pedro Arruza calls "almost every day" trying to convince Pickle to return.
Pickle Nuckols had not yet responded to an e-mail sent by WHSV Wednesday night.
Eagles coach Mike Clark, who recruited Nuckols while he was at Buffalo Gap, said Wednesday that he knew the running back was enrolled at Bridgewater.
Clark said he hadn't had a chance to talk to Nuckols about playing football at Bridgewater, but hoped to do so in the near future.
Michelle Nuckols mentioned in the voicemail that she didn't think her son's football career was over, but the decision to continue playing was his.