2014 Five-Star Virginia Commit Taquan Mizzell Arrested During Campus Visit
Probably the stupidest thing you can do is get arrested while on an official visit to a school where you’ll soon be playing your college football career.
Virginia Cavaliers commit Taquan Mizzell apparently isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, as he’s done just that.
According to reports, Mizzell attempted to kick a moving car in Charlottesville, Virginia late on Saturday night– around 2:30 am to be exact– while on the backside of his official visit to Virginia — although he had previously committed to the Cavaliers and was making the visit as a formality.
Mizzell was arrested by Charlottesville police due to the incident and charged with underage possession of alcohol. Luckily for Mizzell, the incident will be handled in private, given that he has yet to sign a formal Letter of Intent with the Cavaliers — presumably preparing to do so sometime next month during the formal signing period.
It’ll be interesting to see how this incident affects Mizzell’s potential future in Charlottesville, given he is one of the highest-profile recruits the program has seen in some time, ranked by some recruiting websites as one of the top running backs in the country for the 2014 class — if not one of its best overall players.
Regardless, it’s troubling news for Virginia head coach Mike London who has been in Charlottesville since 2010, and is trying to get some footing in an ACC race that has largely passed him by.
At worst, the further recruitment of Mizzell could be in jeopardy, and at best it now appears as if London is willing to sacrifice good character for quality play on the field. No college football coach wants to willingly put himself in that type of situation — regardless of how badly they need to win.
It’s a bad precedent to set.