Ohio State recruit arrested for drug possession

June, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State's top incoming recruit appears to be in big trouble. 

Running back Jaamal Berry was arrested early Thursday in Miami for marijuana possession, court records show. Berry faces a third-degree felony charge after allegedly being found with more than 20 grams of marijuana. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Ohio State is aware of Berry's situation but declined comment as it looks into the facts. Larry Coffey, who coached Berry at Miami Palmetto High School, told me he's been in touch with Berry but declined further comment.

Berry, ranked as the nation's No. 3 running back in the 2009 recruiting class by ESPN's Scouts Inc., was expected to compete immediately for playing time when he arrived at Ohio State. The strong spring performances of both Dan Herron and Brandon Saine made running back less of a pressing need, but both Berry and fellow Floridian Carlos Hyde were expected to provide depth. 

Stay tuned for more updates on Berry's situation. 

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