A highly rated Alabama signee was arrested on Thursday for gun and drug charges. The news could be a blow to the Tide’s top ranked recruiting class.
Tony Mitchell, a four-star safety from the Yellowhammer State, was expected to compete for one of the starting roles in the Alabama secondary. Now, the team could be without his services for at least a chunk of the preseason.
Mitchell was taken into custody on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Another person inside the car at the time reportedly had a concealed firearm without a permit.
BREAKING: Antonio “Tony”
Mitchell, 4-Star Alabama enrollee, was arrested yesterday on possession of marijuana w/ intent to distribute. Another person inside the vehicle was arrested for possession of mariuana w/ intent to deliver and concealed firearm without a permit. pic.twitter.com/sTXFwl9iYv
— The Ruffino & Joe Show (@Ruffinonjoeshow) March 16, 2023
Mitchell is the latest Alabama athlete to find himself in hot water with the law, as a number of basketball players were at the scene of a murder this past January.
Basketball player Darius Miles was arrested in the shooting of a woman in Tuscaloosa. While Miles didn’t pull the trigger, his gun was used in the crime.
Star forward Brandon Miller reportedly drove the murder weapon to the scene of the crime.
Miles was taken into custody over the incident while police have not charged Miller of any wrongdoing.
Now, the troubles are trickling into the football program.
Tony Mitchell was a four-star recruit who was considered a top 150 prospect. He was listed by 24/7 Sports as the No. 9 player at his position in the latest cycle.
As mentioned before, many believed that Mitchell could compete for a starting role in the defensive backfield. Now, though, his status with the Crimson Tide is in limbo.