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Top recruit one of three charged in UGA locker room theft

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There’s a rather bizarre story coming out of Georgia this morning as a trio of high school football players being recruited by the Bulldogs have been charged following, for lack of a better phrase, a locker room incident.

On April 7, several items, including iPhones and iPods, were stolen from the lockers of several players during what was described as an open house event on the campus.  A subsequent investigation, which included a sweep of homes in Columbus, Ga., revealed that three recruits who were guest of the school during the event allegedly stole what was more than $1,300 worth of merchandise belonging to members of the football program.

Dawgs 24/ reports that arrest warrants were issued for Deion Bonner and Marquise Hawkins, as well as an unnamed juvenile, Friday morning.  Bonner was charged with one count of theft by taking, while Hawkins was hit with two of the same count.  The juvenile was charged with three counts.

It’s unclear, the Athens Banner-Herald reports, whether any of the three have actually been arrested yet.

“[They were] over here visiting. They were down in the football area and they were guests of football operations,” university police chief Jimmy Williamson told the paper.

“I understand that we recovered all the iPods, but we didn’t recover the iPhones. They had already been sold and changed hands several times.”

Bonner, a cornerback from Columbus, was named to the “Rivals250 to watch 2012” list, and has received offers from, among others, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Miami and both USCs. We’re guessing that his offer from UGA may get pulled at some point in the very near future, if it hasn’t already.

Hawkins is a soon-to-be junior quarterback at Carver High School in Columbus.

UPDATED 10:18 a.m. ET: Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph reports via Twitter that Bonner and Hawkins “have been booked at the Clarke County jail as of 9:05” this morning.

UPDATED 1:23 p.m. ET: The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that they have “learned that Hawkins is not a college football prospect. Marquise Hawkins is the twin brother of Carver-Columbus quarterback Marqui Hawkins, who is a 2013 recruiting prospect.”

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25 Responses to “Top recruit one of three charged in UGA locker room theft”
  1. gamustangdude says: Apr 18, 2011 10:13 AM

    Turns out all three have verbally committed to Florida

  2. bobulated says: Apr 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    This is record for UGA; usually Richt’s recruits wait until they are actually in school and on the team before they get arrested.

  3. gamustangdude says: Apr 18, 2011 10:39 AM


    Nice try, wrong school, looking for a state little more to the SE

  4. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 18, 2011 11:00 AM

    nice to see these southern boys stealing from the school currently recruiting them

    it’s surprising to see them turn themselves in and not running from the cops, I mean that SEC speed doesn’t just come from the field

  5. Joe Bodolai says: Apr 18, 2011 11:47 AM

    Why do we always have to hear about “SEC speed” when it seems they can never outrun cops?

  6. fatediesel says: Apr 18, 2011 11:50 AM

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution says that Hawkins is not a 2013 recruit, and is instead the twin brother of 2013 recruit Marqui Hawkins. I love that a mother would name her twins Marqui and Marquise.

  7. blitz4848 says: Apr 18, 2011 12:03 PM


    It takes a large set of b#lls to take shots at a school that literally OWNS you……..
    18-3 since 1989 says it ALL…..
    “The annual beatdowns leaves a bitter aftertaste”
    Go GATORS………….

  8. gamustangdude says: Apr 18, 2011 12:41 PM

    Why only count since 1989? Is that what makes you feel good? Kinda pathetic to only include sections of a rivalry don’t you think? And yes you are right since 1989 Florida has Owned Georgia but that’s not the complete story. It may help you sleep at night but let’s consider the COMPLETE history of the rivalry and it’s kinda pointless to bring up recent years against a school that has historically OWNED you since 1904. Count 1989 if you want, however those other 85 years might have something to say over the last 21. Nice try 47-40-2 is the last thing I need to say. Oh, except for…

    GO DAWGS!!

  9. TxGrown says: Apr 18, 2011 12:42 PM

    Well, at least we see they have great hands.

  10. blitz4848 says: Apr 18, 2011 1:41 PM

    Why count since 89? Simple, recruits don’t care what happened 100 yrs ago—they care what a program is doing NOW, in the last 5-10 yrs.

    Over the last 20 yrs Florida has the best overall winning pct in the NCAA!

    I didn’t start on UGA–you tried to bring Florida into this with a BS post.

    Florida has NO offers to any of these 3 let alone bringing them to the campus as UGA has done!!!

    Is it true the 3 above recruits were bonded out by the UGA athletic dept on condition they gave on the spot verbal committments to Georgia?

  11. gamustangdude says: Apr 18, 2011 1:59 PM

    “I didn’t start on UGA–you tried to bring Florida into this with a BS post.”

    Ahh did I make the widdle baby cry (in my Elmer Fudd Voice)

    “recruits don’t care what happened 100 yrs ago—they care what a program is doing NOW, in the last 5-10 yrs.”


    No, Florida Fans care about the last 5-10,

    UGA Fans care about the last 100

    Recruits could care less

    YOU brought up the rivalry not ME I simply associated 3 alleged thieves with the school in the SEC more likely to house those types of players. Don’t get you panties in a bunch, these are just words.

  12. blitz4848 says: Apr 18, 2011 2:17 PM

    “Recruits could care less”

    You must have your head up your a$$$!

    “Don’t get you panties in a bunch, these are just words.”

    Are you referring to the firing of your last AD because he had someone else’s panties in a bunch?

    ” (in my Elmer Fudd Voice)”

    Wasn’t Elmer your former mascot before you dumbed down to the Ugly Dawg thing?

  13. winstonhussein says: Apr 18, 2011 2:31 PM

    Auburn immediately offered him a scholarship because they “like his character and leadership.”

    He is expected to start immediately, make a major impact, and compete for the Heisman. No word yet on how much his father received from his son’s signing bonus.

  14. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 18, 2011 3:02 PM

    and now blitz knows how much of a moron gamustangboy is

  15. gamustangdude says: Apr 18, 2011 3:29 PM

    Are you referring to the firing of your last AD because he had someone else’s panties in a bunch?

    No, I’m referring to your cry baby attitude because I made a few jabs at Florida.

    Elmer Fudd former Mascot? Is that the best you got?

    Bottom line if you feel that I’m foolish enough to believe what comes out my mouth, understand that I think the same thing about you. Now the difference is I could care less what “blitz4848” thinks

  16. rolltide510 says: Apr 18, 2011 3:54 PM

    Hey everybody, let’s watch the UGA and UF fans argue over which program gets the most players arrested.

    I’ll say this though, at least the thugs in Gainesville bring home trophies in between arrests.

  17. ryanw822 says: Apr 18, 2011 7:28 PM

    Wow, what a bunch of morons. I’m sure UGA would have bought them all Ipods and Iphones once their LOI was faxed in.

  18. minibull says: Apr 19, 2011 12:14 AM

    Joe Bodolai says:
    Apr 18, 2011 11:47 AM
    Why do we always have to hear about “SEC speed” when it seems they can never outrun cops?


    Okay, even to a rabid TN and SEC fan, -that- was funny! LoL!

  19. gatorfan1 says: Apr 19, 2011 12:15 PM


    So what you’re saying is that as long as Georgia has the overall lead, you’re ok with the way the rivalry is going!!

    Since 1950 Florida is 35-25-1 against Georgia! As a matter of fact you need to go back to 1932 since Georgia has an edge in the series.

    But let’s take a closer look at the Dawgs football history.

    Tom Brokaw calls the men of the early 40’s America’s Greatest Generation!! After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, boys in droves, from college campuses all over America joined the cause.

    Did you know that this decimated almost all college football rosters during the seasons 1942 – 1945?

    Most colleges had trouble fielding teams, and had to go back to club teams to field rosters.

    What were the “Greatest Generation” of Georgia boys doing during this time?? Well, playing football of course!! Because Georgia had an ROTC program they kept all their “boys” home to play football.

    So when phrases such as battle, sacrifice, it was a war, blood, and winning field position are used, for Georgia during WWII that meant football, while for the rest of the country & world it meant freedom from Tyranny!!

    And while all the campus football teams were decimated, who do you think won the NC for 1942? Georgia. As a matter of fact, this was Georgia’s ONLY NC until Herschel Walker in 1980.

    And during the 1942 game, while the rest of the country’s boys were fighting & dying, Georgia ran up the score 75-0 against Florida’s club team. The score of the previous two games in 1940 & 1941 were 18-13 Florida & 19-3 Georgia.

    After the 1941 game. 1942, 75-0 Georgia, 1943, 34-0 Georgia, 1944, 34-12 Georgia & 1945, 34-0 Georgia. You must be so proud!!!

    And these are some of the records that you base your superiority on!! Again, such pride!!!

    So if you don’t mind I’ll worry about the here and now and a very bright future; with a coach who the Georgia Bulldog faithful wanted, to replace the underachieving one now roaming the sidelines. Ouch!!!

    BUT, you go ahead and hold onto that history that is 80 years old, to make yourself feel better.

    It’s great to be a Gator!!!

  20. gamustangdude says: Apr 19, 2011 12:51 PM

    It took you all ‘dem words to write 47-40-2 huh?


  21. gamustangdude says: Apr 19, 2011 1:07 PM

    I can’t speak for Georgia Football players / teams prior to 1980 when I was born, for the most part 2003 when I joined the army as a 2LT. But what I’ve come to realize and accept is that it’s VERY PATHETIC to only focus on snap-shots of a rivalry. Am I excited about the way the rivalry has recently gone? No, never said I was. However I can still hang my hat on the Fact the UGA leads the series No IFs ANDs, or BUTs or whatever goofy excuse Florida fans try to throw in the mix. And your story, which is filled with inaccuracies, about Georgia boys during WW2, I know for a fact that there is more underneath the surface than what you portray. But that’s for a different site. Just know that this Georgia Boy has been to Iraq Twice, has spilled blood sweat and tears for this country and will Scream GO DAWGS whether the series is 0-100 Florida or vice versa. As a Georgia boy, born and raised, it takes a little more than number on a score board to deter my motivation and my DAWG Spirit. Throw whatever number you like to help you sleep at night because right now 47-40-2 is helping me sleep fine.

  22. gamustangdude says: Apr 19, 2011 1:25 PM

    And 1 last thing before I get back to training future Soldiers, the familes of Homer Passmore, Tommy Witt, Walter “Chief” Ruark, Will Burt, James Skipworth, Howard “Smiley” Johnson, Winfred Goodman and Winston Hodgson. Might have issues with you below statement.

    So when phrases such as battle, sacrifice, it was a war, blood, and winning field position are used, for Georgia during WWII that meant football, while for the rest of the country & world it meant freedom from Tyranny!!

    Why? They are former UGA football players who died during WW2.

  23. gatorfan1 says: Apr 19, 2011 1:31 PM


    Gee must have hit a sore spot…a lot of justifying going on!!!

    At this rate it won’t be long before we own the series record anyway!!

    Great to be a Florida Gator!!

  24. gatorfan1 says: Apr 19, 2011 2:03 PM


    All the men mentioned in your post are heroes and we are a thnkful nation for their ultimate sacrifice!! Never the less all were killed in 1944 & 1945 accept Tommy Witt who was killed in November of 1942.

    All the other men played on the 1942 Georgia team.

    And you are correct, my facts are innacurate. Florida didn’t even field a team in 1943, Georgia did.

    And the fact of the matter is, Georgia used the 1942 game to run up the score against a club team, while most of Florida’s team was already away fighting in the war. Classless

  25. gatorfan1 says: Apr 19, 2011 3:17 PM


    Article from Florida Archives: This will be why Gators hate Bulldogs forever! There are several other incidences as well. Now you know why Spurrier ran up the score all the time on Georgia.

    On most of the college campuses across the nation, the physically able athletes had already signed up to fight for their country in the weeks immediately after Pearl Harbor. Florida had gone 4-6 in 1941 but expectations were high that 1942 would be different thanks to season-closing wins over Miami and Georgia Tech and a close loss to UCLA. Those hopes and dreams went out the window with the unilateral declaration of war against Germany and Japan.

    The most able bodied of Coach Thomas Lieb’s football team were already in the military when the 1942 season arrived. Most of Florida’s team was made up of young guys waiting their eighteenth birthdays or who couldn’t pass the physical.

    That wasn’t the case at Georgia, which had one of the two or three best ROTC programs in the country. Georgia was already loaded when the war broke out. By the time the 1942 season began, Coach Wally Butts had a roster full of stars who were enrolled in the ROTC program, including All-Americans like Flatfoot Frankie Sinkwich (he won the Heisman that year), George Poschner and Charlie Trippi, who would go on to become one of the greatest college football players in history.

    When Georgia and Florida squared off in Jacksonville on November 7, the game was over by the first quarter and by halftime, it was total carnage. Butts could have called it off any time he wanted, but he kept pouring it on. Late in the fourth quarter Sinkwich and Trippi were still in the game pouring it on.
    The final score was 75-0. Georgia went on to win a national championship. Florida went 3-7 with wins over Randolph-Macon, Auburn and Villanova.

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