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Virginia Football Recruiting: Taquan "Smoke" Mizzell Arrested in Charlottesville

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Star running back charged with underage possession of alcohol while on his official visit as part of the 2013 recruiting class. Cavalier nation holds its collective breath.

Stephen Dunn

Star running back Taquan Mizzell was arrested for underage possession of alcohol early Sunday morning, according to a Charlottesville news source. Mizzell, who was on his official recruiting visit to UVA, was seen attempting to kick a passing car on 14th Street near the UVA campus. He cooperated with the arresting officer.

There has been no official word out of the University on what impact Mizzell's arrest will have on his status with the Cavaliers, though no change is expected. Mizzell is widely-considered to be the jewel of Virginia's 2013 recruiting class. He's rated a five-star running back by Rivals.com, and is Virginia's first five-star recruit since Eugene Monroe in 2005. Per NCAA rules, Virginia coach Mike London cannot comment on incoming recruits until they sign letters-of-intent. National signing day is February 6th.

Mizzell's arrest will undoubtedly bring back memories of other legal run-ins top Virginia recruits and players have had in Charlottesville. Former Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich was arrested in 2008 for underage drinking and then dismissed from the team after breaking his probation. Ahmad Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants, signed to play for the Cavaliers in 2004 but never enrolled following an arrest that summer.

Stay tuned to Streaking The Lawn as the story develops.