Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; East running back Taquan Mizzell (4) signs an autograph during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. The East won 15-8. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers Recruiting News: No. 1 RB in the Nation Arrested During Official Visit


One of the top high school football recruits in the nation had his official visit make a turn for the worst. Bayside High running back Taquan Mizzell was arrested while making a visit on the University of Virginia campus.

Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; East running back Taquan Mizzell (4) warms up before the U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game against the West at the Alamodome. The East won 15-8. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzell has not signed his  National Letter of Intent, but he made a verbal commitment to the program in August of last year.

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Per reports, Mizzell was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol. Per the report:

A top UVa football recruit is facing one charge of underage possession of alcohol in Charlottesville.

19-year-old Taquan Mizzell, nicknamed Smoke, was arrested by a Charlottesville Police officer early Sunday morning.

According to police spokesman Lt. Ronnie Roberts, an officer saw Mizzell standing in the middle of 14th St. trying to kick a passing car. Police report that Mizzell was cooperative with the arresting officer.

Mizzell is rated as the top all-around running back in the nation and the 29th best player, according to Rivals.com.

Last season, the running back rushed for 1,231 yards, scored 26 total touchdown, while averaging over six yards per carry.

If Mizzell sticks with the Virginia program, he would be the first five-star recruit to sign under head coach Mike London and the first to sign with the school since 2009, when the Cavaliers landed highly touted offensive lineman Eugene Monroe.

Hopefully the arrest is not a sign of things to come for the talented rusher.

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