Alabama Must Cut Ties with 4-Star Recruit D.J. Johnson After Second Arrest

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2012

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Deon Johnson, who is known in the recruiting world as D.J., has landed himself in hot water once again, and this time Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide shouldn't waste any time in parting ways with the 4-star WR recruit.

Andrew Gribble of reports that Johnson was arrested earlier this month and charged with second-degree rape and sodomy. He was later released on $20,000 bond, but as everybody was paying close attention to see how that case panned out, Johnson was arrested once again and is being charged with first-degree rape.

That is now two rape charges in less than a month for the 19-year-old. And in case you are wondering, the two alleged incidents are not related, according to the report.

"It was not related whatsoever to the first case," Daphne Police spokesman Lt. Jud Beedy said. "It was a new victim. She contacted another law enforcement agency, and they referred her to us. We've been pursuing it for a few weeks with the District Attorney's Office and the Department of Human Resources. We discovered enough evidence to get a warrant for his arrest."

The first-degree rape charge is a Class-A felony that could result in a life sentence for the Alabama commit.

Johnson is a 4-star wide receiver from Spanish Fort, Ala., who gave head coach Nick Saban and company a verbal commitment back in April of this year. Since the first arrest, the speedy wide receiver has been allowed to attend school and has become eligible to play football again. 

Now that he has been arrested and charged with two similar crimes in the same month, Alabama has no choice but to walk away from the talented player. This is simply too much negative publicity for Alabama, as the future for this young man isn't exactly as bright as it once was.

The 6'0", 171-pound receiver now has more serious issues to deal with than football and which school he will pick to further his education. The 2013 class for the Crimson Tide already includes 11 players that are rated at least 4-star recruits, according to Saban is likely going to cut his 2013 class by one, as there are more red flags around this young prospect than any head coach would prefer to deal with.

And while Johnson will remain innocent until proven guilty, this is too much baggage for a program that could easily pick up another talented wide receiver in no time.