The recruitment of Brent Calloway served up some juicy fodder during the offseason before the touted running back/linebacker, after flipping commitments and irking his father, ultimately opted to sign with Alabama over Auburn.
A few months later, Calloway finds himself on the wrong side of the off-field news cycle yet again.
According to TideSports.com, Calloway was arrested by Tuscaloosa police around one o’clock Friday morning local time and charged with (gasp!!!) second-degree possession of marijuana. The arrest took place near Bryant-Denny Stadium, and the Birmingham News has a couple of the details that led to the charge:
Calloway, 18, was a passenger in a vehicle that police stopped in the 900 block of Paul Bryant Dr. around 12:45 a.m. Officers smelled an odor of marijuana as they approached the car and found a bag of marijuana while searching Calloway, according to Tuscaloosa Police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley.
Calloway has already been released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail. The school has yet to comment on the development.
In addition to his commitment flip-flop — originally a ‘Bama verbal in 2009, he committed to Auburn in late January before inking a Letter of Intent with the Tide in early February — there were also allegations that Alabama “paid” for the recruit. An investigation found that no violations had occurred in the recruitment of Calloway.
Through the first half of the season, the true freshman has played in as many games for the Tide as I have.
UPDATED 12:22 p.m. ET: Alabama has issued a non-statement statement on the arrest. Here it is, for what it’s worth.
“Coach Saban is aware of the situation and like all other disciplinary action, this will be handled internally.”