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Taquan Mizzell’s Virginia recruiting trip ends in arrest

By Mark Giannotto,

Virginia hosted a bevy of high school football prospects this past weekend, but one of the program’s high-profile recruits ended his visit in custody.

A Charlottesville police spokesman confirmed Monday that Virginia Beach running back Taquan Mizzell was arrested on charges of underage possession of alcohol on Sunday morning around 2:30 a.m., on the 100 block of 14th Street near campus. An officer spotted Mizzell, 19, standing in the middle of the street trying to kick a moving vehicle, Lt. Ronnie Roberts said, before determining Mizzell had been drinking.

The offense is considered a misdemeanor and Mizzell has since been released from custody. No other Virginia football players were involved in the incident, Roberts added.

Mizzell became Coach Mike London’s first five-star recruit, according to Rivals, when he orally committed to Virginia back in August. He is expected to sign his national letter-of-intent next month on National Signing Day (Feb. 6), although it’s unclear whether this arrest will affect his status with the Cavaliers.

Mizzell, who often goes by the nickname “Smoke,” ran for 1,231 yards, scored 26 total touchdowns and averaged more than 6.3 yards per carry at Bayside High this past season. He had more than 20 scholarship offers and chose the Cavaliers over North Carolina and West Virginia.

WCAV-TV, a CBS affiliate in Charlottesville, first reported Mizzell’s arrest on Monday.

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