Updates from Monday, July 21
Barrett Sallee of Bleacher Report updated Victor Davis' status with Texas A&M:
Texas A&M also confirmed the arrest of DB Victor Davis for shoplifting. He is suspended, per school policy.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) July 21, 2014
Texas A&M freshman defensive back Victor Davis was arrested in Rosenberg, Texas, on suspicion of shoplifting at a local Kohl's, per Good Bull Hunting (via Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle).
The Rosenberg Police Department posted Davis' mugshot on Twitter along with five other alleged shoplifters who had been arrested in the last two weeks:
At the time of writing, the Aggies athletic department had yet to issue a formal statement, per Zwerneman.
While not a blue-chip recruit, Davis entered College Station with somewhat high expectations. According to 247Sports' composite ranking, the 3-star player was the 26th-best safety in the country and 481st-ranked player overall in the class of 2013.
According to Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro, Davis was listed second in the depth chart at cornerback behind Deshazor Everett in Texas A&M's media-day depth chart. It's clear that head coach Kevin Sumlin envisioned the redshirt freshman playing at the very least a minor role for the 2014 season.
By itself, Davis' arrest wouldn't be a major cause for concern for Texas A&M. As Zwerneman pointed out, however, this isn't the first time an Aggies player has run afoul of the law under Sumlin:
The offseason transgressions of the A&M program under third-year coach Kevin Sumlin are multiple. Starting defensive tackle Isaiah Golden and starting linebacker Darian Claiborne were dismissed from the program in June following their arrests on charges of armed robbery. Starting senior defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury was arrested this spring on charges of assault on the Rice campus. He's fighting the charges.
Zwerneman also wrote that "half of Sumlin's starting defense was suspended for the Aggies' season-opening victory over Rice after various misdeeds in the previous offseason."
Sumlin spoke briefly about A&M's off-field problems in June, per Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News:
Sumlin talked bit tonight bout off-field issues with players & making tweaks in recruiting process. Says working on product on and off field— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 18, 2014
Sumlin excited about hire of Mikado Hinson as player mentor. Said it's long been in works and not reactionary to recent player arrests.— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) June 18, 2014
This most recent news will only strengthen the perception that the Aggies football program is failing to keep its players in line, whether that's a fair criticism or not.
Texas A&M opens its 2014 season on the road to South Carolina on Aug. 28.