ATHENS - One of the nation's top receiver recruits for the 2016 class has been implicated in a dorm room theft while on a visit to UGA.
Darnell Salomon, a 17-year-old high school junior from Hialeah, Fla., was one of the more than 100 recruits attending the annual Dawg Night last weekend. He is rated a five-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite, which averages out the rankings of the major recruiting services.
On Saturday morning, two female UGA students reported that an unknown person had entered their dorm room, according to UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson.
“After they were startled and he left, it was determined that a wallet and an iPhone were missing," Williamson said. "As we investigated, we have every reason to believe that the person responsible for these thefts was a visitor to our campus.”
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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.
A warrant was issued for Salomon's arrest Wednesday. Police waited to charge him until they determined Salomon was 17.
Because Salomon is from Florida, it is not certain that he will report to Georgia to be charged.
Salomon is listed as having 18 scholarship offers in the 247Sports database, including a who's-who of major football programs: Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and more.
The situation is reminiscent of an incident in 2011, when four visitors from Columbus Carver High School were implicated in a theft from the Georgia football locker room. Georgia stopped recruiting the players, including Deion Bonner, who later signed with Tennessee. Bonner was dismissed from the Volunteers last year.