Clemson Tigers redshirt freshman defensive back Kaleb Chalmers has been dismissed from the program a week after being arrested for drug possession, head coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday.
"He is no longer with us," Swinney said, per Tony Crumpton of TigerNet.com. "Hopefully he will finish school and have an opportunity to grow from his mistakes and actions. He's a very talented young man. It's always disappointing when you have someone that embarrasses your program. That's kind of the end of the road for him here at Clemson."
Chalmers was arrested on March 14 on three separate charges, including marijuana possession, per Crumpton. The police report obtained by Brad Senkiw of the Independent Mail noted Chalmers was arrested in Clinton, South Carolina, outside of a closed bowling alley:
According to the police report obtained by the Independent Mail, the arresting officer noticed two “suspicious” parked cars outside a closed bowling alley in Clinton at 10:14 p.m. Monday. The officer noted Chalmers was in the driver’s seat and a female was in the passenger seat. Chalmers was “moving around inside the vehicle more than an normal amount,” the report said, and the officer smelled marijuana when he approached the vehicle.
Chalmers was searched and told the officer that he had marijuana on his possession, which was found. He consented to having his vehicle searched, and police found pills of Vyvanse (the schedule II controlled substance), Alprazolam and Adderall. A digital scale was also found, and Chalmers admitted to possession of all illegal items.
Chalmers was a 3-star cornerback and the ninth-best prospect in the state of South Carolina when he committed to Clemson, per 247Sports' composite rankings.
Listed at 5'11" and weighing 180 pounds, Chalmers was expected to compete for playing time in Clemson's secondary this year. Mackensie Alexander declared for the 2016 NFL draft, and Clemson's corners did not impress on the stat sheet last season.
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Senior cornerback Cordrea Tankersley led Clemson with five interceptions a year ago. The next two names on the interception leaderboard, linebackers B.J. Goodson and Ben Boulware, had two picks each.
Instead, it appears Clemson will more than likely use its veterans to anchor the secondary. Adrian Baker, Marcus Edmond and Ryan Carter are all redshirt juniors who will get the chance for starting snaps during spring and summer camp.
Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
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