Richt Declines Comment

Coach Mark Richt refused to comment Wednesday on the recent arrests of recruits accused of theft.

Richt has yet to make a public statement on the incident, and declined to discuss any specifics during Wednesday's SEC teleconference call.

"There's not gonna be any comment on this," Richt said. "First of all, it has to do with prospects and all that kind of stuff. The bottom line is we're just gonna make any comment on it."

Deion Bonner, 18, and Marquise Hawkins, 17, turned themselves into Athens-Clarke County Jail Monday morning at 9:04 AM. Both posted a $1,500 bond for each charge and were released by 10:48 AM.

Sources close to the Carver program say Bonner and Hawkins had the items for sale on Facebook, which helped University of Georgia Police track down what was stolen. However, some of the items Bonner and Hawkins allegedly stole were sold and have not yet been recovered.

Bonner is considered one of the top defensive backs in Georgia. The duo comes from one of the most talent-rich high schools in the South – Columbus, Georgia's George Washington Carver.

Bonner had a scholarship offer from the Bulldogs as well as other SEC powers. He seemed headed to college at Georgia before the arrest.

Bonner and Hawkins have been kicked off the Carver football program, and could face expulsion from Muscogee County Schools.

Dean Legge contributed to this report.


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