GAINESVILLE, Fla. — James Robinson’s official visit to Ohio State last weekend is not a trip he will remember fondly.
The 4-star wide receiver from Lakeland, Fla., was cited for marijuana possession last Saturday while in Columbus.
The state of Ohio has decriminalized this offense, which is considered a minor misdemeanor and has a maximum penalty of a $150 fine. It also does not become part of a defendant’s criminal record. There’s no criminal record on Robinson on Florida.
The Buckeyes are no longer considering the Under Armour All-American. His other top schools are Florida and Oklahoma.
SEC Country has learned the UF staff did not rescind Robinson’s scholarship offer, nor was it blindsided by Saturday’s news.
After looking into the details of the incident earlier this week, Florida coaches decided to continue recruiting Robinson. Jim McElwain met with him and his family Friday.
Multiple sources close to Robinson told SEC Country he was with three others and the entire group was smoking when they were encountered by police. Robinson, who did not fly to Columbus with marijuana, was the only person cited.
Robinson issued an apology Saturday on Twitter.
I want to apologize for embarrassing myself, family, teammates, school community and those that support me
— JAMES ROBINSON IV 4⃣ (@_StunnaJayy_) January 28, 2017
Robinson seemingly put himself in a bad situation last weekend that he needs to avoid in the future. The 6-foot-4, 207-pound prospect did not visit any schools this weekend and will make his commitment on National Signing Day.
McElwain has shown the willingness to give players a second chance for this transgression. Two of his current players — running backs Jordan Scarlett and Mark Thompson — served one-game suspensions for marijuana possession.
Scarlett rushed for 889 yards in 2016 after his suspension for the Citrus Bowl. Thompson was suspended midway through last season and had an 85-yard touchdown catch in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2.