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Schools Not Backing Away From Prospect Who Stole From UGA Players

The case of three Georgia football prospects arrested for stealing more than $1,300 worth of property from UGA’s football complex continues to evolve.

First, all three of the players — Deion Bonner (18), Marquise Hawkins (17) and an unnamed 16-year-old — were named in arrest warrants issued by the University of Georgia Police Department.  Bonner and Hawkins were arrested and posted bond yesterday.  No word on whether the juvenile was arrested as well.

All three have been dismissed from their high school football team in Georgia.  But “dismissed” sounds a lot more like “suspensed” than “dismissed.”  Coach Dell McGee would not give details about the punishment handed down to his players, but he did said they will miss at least the first five games of next season.  So “dismissed” doesn’t really mean “dismissed.”

McGee has also apologized to UGA coach Mark Richt for his players’ behavior.  According to McGee, “(Richt) said these were just 16-, 17-year-old kids, that kids do different things, and it’s part of growing up.” 

When asked for a comment, Georgia provided none.  When McGee was asked if the Dawgs will continue to recruit Bonner — a highly sought-after defensive back — the coach said, “I would assume that they wouldn’t.”

Others, however, will.  “I don’t think it will change, not from the schools that I’ve talked to,” McGee said.  “I just think things will be monitored from here on out and see how he progresses over the course of this year.”

According to, Bonner has scholarship offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Southern Miss and Tennessee.

McGee said that all three of the players had been trouble-free prior to this incident.

When asked how the suspects were captured, UGA’s police chief said: “Good investigation, people’s involvement and Facebook is always a big help.”

As it turns out, Bonner also tweeted what amounted to advertisements as tried to sell off the iPods on Twitter.  Smart.

Here are various accounts from:

The Athens Banner-Herald

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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