Not one week after declaring for the NFL, Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick has already found himself in some legal trouble that… okay, it probably won’t affect his draft status at all.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s website, Kirkpatrick was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning in Palmetto, FL, for possessing 7.9 grams of marijuana*. A police spokesperson stated Kirkpatrick was a passenger in a rented car driven by former Alabama defensive back Chris Rogers, which was driving on the wrong side of the road when the two were pulled over.
(*note: Honey Badger is unimpressed)
Rogers admitted to purchasing the drugs; Kirkpatrick says he was in the car when the purchase was made, but didn’t know it was a drug deal. Incidentally, the two were under the influence of drugs when the arrest was made.
Kirkpatrick faces a misdemeanor charge was released on $120 bond.
Kirkpatrick is projected to be a early-to-mid first-round pick by many NFL scouts. He recorded 30 tackles and two forced fumbles on the season. He was named a 2nd Team All-American cornerback by the Associated Press.
(Tip of the cap: The Big Lead)
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has already filled in one spot on his defensive staff left by the departures of coordinator and two assistants with former Oklahoma State safeties coach Joe DeForest. Now, he’s reportedly filled another.
CBSSports‘ Bruce Feldman and Footballscoop.com both reported Tuesday that New York Jets linebackers coach Mike Smith would take the same job with the Mountaineers.
“Might not be a big name, but coaches we have spoken with think this is a great hire,” Footballscoop says. Feldman also praised the hire, but nothing official has come from West Virginia’s camp just yet.
Smith was previously an intern with the Jets, but was promoted to linebackers coach when Leach offered Smith to come to Washington State to coach. Smith played at Texas Tech when Hologrsen was an assistant under Mike Leach and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.
UPDATED 1/18 @ 9:15 a.m. ET: Smith confirmed to Patrick Southern of BlueGoldNews.com via text message that he is a part of WVU’s coaching staff. In what capacity, however, he would not confirm.
The New York Daily News reports that Smith will serve as co-defensive coordinator, although that has yet to be confirmed or denied by anyone at WVU.
Houston defensive coordinator James Bryant will have one of the top linebackers from 2011’s recruiting class to work with.
After just one season with LSU, Houston-area LB Trevon Randle is coming back to play for the Houston Cougars, according to Sam Khan of the Houston Chronicle. Randle, from League City, Texas, will be eligible to play for the Cougars in 2013.
Randle was a three-star LB and ranked No. 17 at that position according to Rivals. Khan has a more in-depth look at Randle’s high school career and recruitment.
Although Randle didn’t make an impact for Tigers this season, he is still relatively well-known for different reasons. In the height of the Willie Lyles investigation at Oregon, the NCAA interviewed Randle about a possible connection with Lyles, the owner of Complete Scouting Services. LSU used recruiting material provided by Lyles, although the legitimacy of that material has come into question.
(photo courtesy of Rivals.com)