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UVA Football Recruit Arrested on Alcohol Charge

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Monday, the University of Virginia's top football recruit for the upcoming season is in trouble with the law.

Charlottesville police say the teenager was drunk and stumbling around in the middle of a street on the UVA Corner over the weekend.

Taquan Mizzell is UVA's first five-star recruit in eight years. Now the high school student from Virginia Beach is facing a misdemeanor charge. The 19-year-old was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with unlawful purchase or possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Charlottesville police say an officer assigned to patrol the corner found Mizzell walking in the middle of Fourteenth Street around 2:30 Sunday morning. The officer said Mizzell tried to kick a car as it drove by. Police say the officer noticed Mizzell had been drinking, asked for his ID and arrested him since he's underage.

This weekend was a big recruiting event for prospective football players to visit UVA and experience Charlottesville.

Mizzell committed to UVA in August over offers from more than 20 schools. The Bayside High School football star ranks as one of the top 30 running backs in the country.

A spokesman for UVA Athletics refused to comment on Mizzell's arrest, saying NCAA rules prohibit them from discussing prospective student athletes.

A spokesman for the academic side says the university is aware of the incident and will be looking into it.

UVA will have to decide in the next two weeks whether to give Mizzell a pass on this arrest. National signing day is February 6.

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