Tuesday, January 22, 2013
UVa’s top football recruit arrested
Taquan Mizzell charged with underage possession of alcohol while on a visit to Charlottesville.
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Mizzell was arrested during the early morning hours Sunday and charged with underage possession of alcohol, Charlottesville Police Department spokesman Lt. Ronnie Roberts said Monday afternoon.
“My phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Roberts of the media frenzy caused by Mizzell’s arrest. “I was completely blindsided by it.”
Mizzell, 19, is a running back from Bayside High School in Virginia Beach who is the Cavaliers’ lone five-star recruit this year, according to the rivals.com.
All 20 of the players who have committed to Virginia were on a recruiting visit to Charlottesville last weekend.
Mizzell was arrested on 14th Street in the heart of UVa’s “Corner” district.
“What attracted the officer to him was, he was standing in the middle of the road and the car came up 14th Street and swerved to go around him,” Roberts said, “and that’s when [Mizzell] attempted to kick the car.
“When the officer came forward, he noticed alcohol on [Mizzell’s] breath and the investigation went further. At that point, it was determined that he was underage. The young man was very cooperative.”
Mizzell faces charges in Charlottesville General District Court but no date was set because of Monday’s government holiday.
“Let me just say this: We live in a college community and it’s [the attention] just because of who he is,” Roberts said. “We have other students who have a brush, you might call it, from time to time.”
UVa spokesman McGregor McCance said: "The University is aware of the incident and will be looking into it, but beyond that, has no additional comment."