University of Georgia standout Jalen Carter returned to the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday but was not involved in any on-field activity just hours after being arrested on reckless driving charges.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Carter, possibly the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, stemming from the Jan. 15 car crash that killed one of his teammates and a member of the recruiting staff.
Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock and 24-year-old Chandler LeCroy, who worked in the recruiting department, were killed in the crash.
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Carter was initially in Indianapolis to participate in the combine, but rushed back to Atlanta after the injunction was issued. He was booked at 11:33 pm ET at the Athens-Clarke County Jail and released 16 minutes later.
The 21-year-old is accused of racing his 2021 Jeep Trackhawk against the 2021 Ford Expedition driven by 24-year-old LeCroy, causing the accident. The accident occurred just hours after the Bulldogs celebrated their second straight championship with a parade ceremony.
LeCroy was traveling at 104 mph with a BAC of .197, more than double the legal limit in the state of Georgia.
Carter hopes to clear his name.
«This morning I received a phone call from the Athens, Georgia Police Department informing me that two misdemeanor warrants have been issued against me for reckless driving and racing,» Carter said in a statement Wednesday. «There have also been numerous media reports circulating this morning containing inaccurate information about the tragic events of January 15, 2023. I intend to return to Athens to answer the misdemeanor charges against me and ensure that I appear the complete and accurate truth. There is no doubt in my mind that when all the facts are known, I will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing.»
Carter is listed as the top overall prospect in this year’s draft: The Chicago Bears own the No. 1 pick but are reportedly open to buying it.
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Carter was a five-star recruit from Apopka High School in Florida. He was a unanimous All-American and All-SEC First-Teamer this season. In 2021, he made the All-SEC second team.
If Carter is the first pick, it will be the second year in a row that a Georgia Bulldog was taken to start the draft. He Jacksonville Jaguars he took defensive end Travon Walker for the first time overall last year.