One of the top recruits in the 2016 class is being accused of felony burglary charges stemming from a college visit to the University of Georgia last week.
A police warrant has been issued for Darnell Salomon, a 6-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Hialeah, Fla. According to UGASports.com, Salomon, who has 19 scholarship offers from top programs across the country, is accused by two female UGA student-athletes of stealing an iPhone and a wallet with two credit cards from the dorm at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
“After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing,” said UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson, per the Macon Telegraph. “As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.”
A police report states that Salomon, 17, was visiting for Georgia’s “Dawg Night” festivities and was staying with two UGA football players.
UGA police chief soon determined that it was someone who was visiting for the football camp, and "were able to determine what room he was staying in," according to Williamson. They spoke to the two current UGA athletes living in that room, who confirmed a recruit had been staying with them. The police investigators then contacted the football office, which told them the name of the player who had been staying with them.
The warrant for Salomon’s arrest was issued on Wednesday after police waited to determine if he was 17 years old before charging him. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, the 17-year-old can be charged as an adult under Georgia law.
Per Rivals.com, Salomon has offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and South Carolina, among others.
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