Football recruit arrested for underaged drinking

Taquan Mizzell, a highly touted football recruit out of Virginia Beach’s Bayside High School, was arrested for underage possession of alcohol 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Charlottesville Police Lieut. Ronnie Roberts said.

Mizzell verbally committed to the University in August, but this commitment is unofficial.

Mizzell had attracted the attention of an officer because he was standing alone in the road.

“He was released the same morning,” Roberts said. “He was very cooperative with law enforcement [and] probably was detained for an hour to an hour-and-a-half.”

Virginia Athletics spokesperson Vincent Briedis said the athletics department could not comment on any aspect of football recruitment until National Signing Day, which is Feb. 6.

Underage possession of alcohol is a class one misdemeanor in Virginia. Mizzell has a court date pending in Charlottesville General District Court and will enter his plea at that time, Roberts said.

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