The Florida Gators did not need any more negative news during this current football recruiting cycle, but they got it, nonetheless.
Reports surfaced Saturday that Lakeland receiver James Robinson, a top Gators’ target with National Signing Day approaching Wednesday, was cited for possession of marijuana last weekend during his official visit to Ohio State.
In the state of Ohio, where marijuana possession has been somewhat decriminalized, possessing amounts up to 100 grams is considered a minor misdemeanor and violators will receive a citation and up to a $150 fine. There is no jail time and the incident does not become part of the defendant’s criminal record.
In Robinson’s case, court records (pictured at left) show that his preliminary arraignment was waived and he is due in court March 1. He also must pay a $93 fine.
The news comes at a crucial time during the Gators current recruiting cycle. Ohio State immediately dropped Robinson from its list of potential signees and now the Gators must decide if they will continue to make Robinson a priority.
Head coach James McElwain has had two current players cited for marijuana possession during his two seasons at UF. Running backs Mark Thompson and Jordan Scarlet both served one-game suspensions, so McElwain has show a bit of tolerance for this type of rules violation, since both players remained on the team and have been large contributors at times.
Robinson is supposed to be on an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend and he was also to have received an in-home recruiting visit from McElwain last night.
Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound pass catcher, is scheduled to make his college announcement on signing day at 1 p.m., on ESPNU. Florida, Ole Miss and Oklahoma are the front-runners.
Chris Hays covers college football recruiting, as well as college and high