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Report: Eli Ricks’ marijuana charge dismissed following traffic arrest

Article written by:On3 imageJames Fletcher III


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Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks, who transferred from LSU this offseason, had charges dismissed by a court in Mississippi after facing possession of marijuana charges stemming from a traffic arrest in May, according to AL.com’s Mike Rodak.

Details emerged following the arrest of Eli Ricks in early May. The police booked him for charges of speeding, no insurance and possession of marijuana in the first offense, according to the inmate roster for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

The full police report revealed that Ricks was in possession of one gram of marijuana, valued at approximately $20, according to Rodak.

The cornerback was clocked going 91 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 59 near Laurel, Mississippi, according to The Laurel Leader Call. Ricks was driving a 2018 Mercedes BTM when the authorities pulled him over and discovered the marijuana.

More about Eli Ricks

This spring, Ricks worked his way back from a shoulder injury suffered last season. But by Alabama’s second scrimmage, he seemed to be back to full strength. He was able to participate in the annual A-Day Game on April 16 as well.

In two seasons at LSU, Ricks played in 14 games. He totaled 31 tackles during that time. He also had five interceptions — two returned for a touchdown — and six pass deflections. His 4 interceptions as a true freshman in 2020 landed him a spot as a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.

A native of Rancho Cucamonga, Cali., Ricks was a five-star recruit out of Florida’s IMG Academy in 2020. He was the No. 4 recruit in the state of Florida, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.