Suspect in UGA dorm burglary is a 5-star recruiting prospect


UGA Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a 5-star recruiting prospect who was attending Georgia’s Dawg Night camp this past weekend.

Darnell Salomon, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Hollywood, Fla., has been identified as the suspect accused of entering the unlocked suite of two female students in Busbee Hall this past Saturday morning and stealing an iPhone5 and a wallet containing cash and credit cards. His name was listed on the UGA’s daily police activity log Wednesday morning.

Salomon’s coach at Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla., said his player is innocent.

“When the facts in the case come out we’re all sure Darnell Salomon will be cleared of all charges,” coach Mike Tunsil told 247Sports.com.

It’s unclear at this point whether Salomon plans to turn himself in to fight the charges. According to the police report, UGA Police Sgt. Dale Parrish of the notified Salomon’s mother that a warrant had been taken and the procedure for turning himself into the Athens-Clarke County Sherriff’s Office.

Salomon one of the top receivers in Florida for the Class of 2016 and carries a 5-star composite ranking — the highest in recruiting — from 247Sports.com. In addition to Georgia, he holds scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and LSU, among others.

According to an incident report released to the AJC on Monday, UGA Police were dispatched to Rooker Hall in the East Campus Village area of campus in reference to a burglary that occurred in Busbee Hall early Saturday morning. Two female residents who are also UGA athletes reported they were awakened about 7:30 a.m. Saturday to find an unknown black male inside their unlocked residence without permission. After the perpetrator fled, the women discovered they were missing a wallet containing credit cards and an iPhone5 cell phone.

Williamson said an investigation of the incident and the previous night’s activities led to the identification of Salomon. By the time the police contacted UGA football administrators, the suspect had already left campus to return to Florida.

“Coach (Mark) Richt is aware of the incident over the weekend and the UGA Police are handling the appropriate police investigation,” UGA spokesman Claude Felton said.



Next Up in Sports

Baylor comes close, but comes up short against No. 23 West Virginia
Baylor comes close, but comes up short against No. 23 West Virginia

WACO, Texas — With nothing to lose but another game, Baylor benched its starting quarterback and tailback late in the third quarter against West Virginia and went with the kids on the bench. The results very nearly allowed the Bears to snap their six-game losing streak. Freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer and tailback ...
Penn State takes emphatic step toward national-title legitimacy by bullying Michigan
Penn State takes emphatic step toward national-title legitimacy by bullying Michigan

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Moments after securing one of the signature victories of his coaching career, James Franklin figured he — and his Penn State squad — earned an opportunity to soak it in. Fresh off a 42-13 win over Michigan in front of a record-setting Beaver Stadium crowd, an Oct. 28 game at...
Michigan needs to get back on track before facing Wisconsin, Ohio State
Michigan needs to get back on track before facing Wisconsin, Ohio State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan will do some some soul-searching in the wake of Saturday night’s 42-13 drubbing at No. 2 Penn State. Michigan entered Saturday’s game at Penn State with hopes of beating the No. 2 team in the nation and earning a signature win. Instead, the Wolverines leave Happy Valley tied for...
WATCH: Mike Leach’s ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ story about his encounter with ‘goths’ will cap your Week 8 perfectly
WATCH: Mike Leach’s ‘Pac-12 After Dark’ story about his encounter with ‘goths’ will cap your Week 8 perfectly

Weird things sometimes happen on ESPN’s “Pac-12 After Dark” telecast from time to time. The inclusion of Mike Leach’s Washington State team seems to make the probability of such an occurrence spike significantly. This week, it had nothing to do with the product on the field. Instead, it had to do with an interview...
Florida State football coach trades verbal jabs with fan after loss
Florida State football coach trades verbal jabs with fan after loss

It has been a frustrating season for Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher, who has watched his team stumble to a 2-4 start, including its first 0-3 start at home since 1974. That frustration boiled over Saturday after Fisher and a fan at Tallahassee’s Doak Campbell Stadium got into a verbal altercation after the Seminoles’ 31-28 loss...
More Stories