Marshall QB Recruit Arrested; Released from Scholarship

By: WSAZ Sports Team Email
By: WSAZ Sports Team Email

Update Wednesday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Marshall University released A.J. Graham from his scholarship Wednesday morning, hours after he was arrested and charged with robbery with a firearm in Florida.

“Due to the situation, I have decided to release A.J. from his scholarship,” Marshall University Head Football Coach Mark Snyder said through a written statement.

According to a report from the Tallahassee Police Department, three people were robbed Friday night by gunpoint as they were walking to a party on Constitution Circle.

According to one of the victims, "as they started to pass a stock gray Chevy Impala with tinted windows, the driver rolled down the window, pointed a semi-auto handgun at him 'cocked Gangster Style', and stated 'put it in the car'."

The report states two men got out of the Impala, pointed a gun in the face of one of the victims and demanded money.

Police later identified one of the suspects as A.J. Graham, who according to one witness was at a party earlier that night. He was arrested at his home without incident. The search continues for the second suspect.

A spokesperson with the Marshall Athletics Department says there is precedent and a possibility the scholarship could be reinstated if the charges are dropped or Graham is found not guilty.

The quarterback from Godby High School in Tallahassee threw for 38-hundred yards and 38 touchdowns. He picked Marshall over offers from Kansas State, Clemson and Illinois. He was listed in recruiting materials as 6'4" and 195 pounds, but the jail website lists him at 6'3" and 160 pounds.

Original Story
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Marshall recruit A.J. Graham, a star quarterback from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, was arrested Tuesday on a robbery charge with a firearm according to Tallahassee police.

Graham was named Mr. Football in Florida and was Marshall's highest ranked recruit of the 2009 signing class.

Graham signed with the Thundering Herd in February.

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