With National Signing Day rapidly approaching, the University of Virginia football program has received some unsettling news.
Taquan Mizzell, a highly touted UVa recruit, was arrested early Sunday morning in the 100 block of 14th Street in Charlottesville and is facing one charge of underage possession of alcohol.
The incident, which took place around 2:30 a.m., came during Mizzell’s official visit to Virginia. According to Charlottesville Police spokesman Lt. Ronnie Roberts, the officer at the scene spotted a car turn onto 14th Street while Mizzell was in the middle of the road.
“When the vehicle came onto 14th Street, it was forced to veer into the opposing lane of traffic,” Roberts said. “[Mizzell] was standing in the middle of the street and as the car was going by, he attempted to kick the car.”
The officer who saw the altercation called Mizzell over. Mizzell allegedly smelled like alcohol, and the officer asked for identification. When he realized Mizzell was 19-years-old, he was charged with underage possession of alcohol, a Class 1 misdemeanor.
If convicted, Mizzell, a Virginia Beach native, could serve up to a year in jail and face a fine up to $2,500.
In accordinace with NCAA rules, the Cavalier football program can’t comment on prospective recuits until they sign their National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6.
Mizzell, a 5-foot-10, 183-pound running back, is a five-star prospect according to Rivals.com and is the third best player in the state for the 2013 class. He recently competed in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.
Mizzell made his verbal committment to UVa on Aug. 21.
Daily Progress reporter K.Burnell Evans contributed to this report