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Five-star Virginia commit arrested during official visit

Taquan Mizzell

Suffice to say, it hasn’t been a good day off the field for high-profile football recruits.

Earlier today, reports surfaced that one of the top running backs in the Class of 2014 had, in essence, lied about taking an official visit to Notre Dame.  Now, one of the top players in the Class of 2013 may be wishing a visit he did actually take was a figment of his imagination instead.

According to multiple media outlets, 19-year-old Taquan Mizzell was arrested by Charlottesville police very early Sunday morning and charged with underage possession of alcohol.  The Washington Post writes that “[a]n 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 incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time as Mizzell was on the backside of a visit to Virginia.  Mizell had committed to the Cavaliers in August of last year and was taking an official visit to the school.

As Mizell has not yet signed his National Letter of Intent, UVa. coaches are not permitted to comment on the situation. ranks the five-star Virginia Beach product as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country and the No. 29 player at any position in the country.  He’s also rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Virginia.

Mizell is the first five-star commitment of the Mike London era, and the first for the football program since Eugene Monroe in 2005.

(Photo credit: Virginia Beach Bayside High School)

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11 Responses to “Five-star Virginia commit arrested during official visit”
  1. canetic says: Jan 21, 2013 8:54 PM

    The Gators are kicking themselves for letting this guy get away.

  2. kozbee says: Jan 21, 2013 9:00 PM

    Instead of the Gators kicking themselves maybe they can still recruit him now to kick them as he was doing the driveby cars.

  3. cometkazie says: Jan 21, 2013 9:04 PM

    19 and still in high school.

    Held back?

    Bad grades?

    Oh, football player.

  4. bender4700 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:14 PM

    What a dumb too old for High School guy.

    He can join that other idiot from earlier today at some D-II school.

    What is their star rating for brains? -3

  5. wustlumdnj says: Jan 21, 2013 9:35 PM

    1. Kid (adult) does something stupid, kicks car

    2. Officer sees he’s intoxicated

    3. Possession? What, in his blood?

    I imagine he must have had something on him, but that doesn’t seem to be written in the article (the original local news article).

  6. Woody Bass says: Jan 21, 2013 10:38 PM

    Um he didnt get away from the Gators as they have solid players in at RB including the #1 RB in the country

  7. vols84 says: Jan 21, 2013 11:27 PM

    Photo credit says Bayside High School. Anyone got the scoop on if this is the same Bayside Tigers team that Mr. A.C. Slater played for?

  8. grantlee11 says: Jan 22, 2013 8:01 AM

    “That’s what I love about high school girls, I keep getting older, they stay the same age”

  9. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 22, 2013 8:47 AM


  10. mrlaloosh says: Jan 22, 2013 8:50 AM

    Too bad the Bengals can’t sign him out of high school. He needs mentoring from PacMan etal.

  11. urfinished says: Jan 22, 2013 11:04 AM

    No wonder he is a five star…he is 2 to 5 years older than the kids he is playing against.
    Also a “7 on 7” stud…in pads he’s still good, but not as good.

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