Alabama recruit arrested, charged

Updated: September 7, 2012, 4:01 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

Deon Johnson, a University of Alabama class of 2013 commitment, was arrested on charges of second-degree rape and sodomy on Thursday night.

The Spanish Fort High (Ala.) star receiver was booked at the Baldwin County Corrections Center at 8:43 p.m. CT. Johnson, 18, has been released on $20,000 bond, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's website.

Johnson is a four-star prospect and the No. 45-ranked receiver in the ESPN 150. The 6-foot, 171-pound senior, who caught 63 passes and 19 touchdowns in 2011, committed to Alabama in mid-April.

"I (never) ever imagined playing at the University of Alabama," Johnson told ESPN.com in late July. "My parents and I went (to Tuscaloosa) and it felt like home. The first time I was up there, I wanted to make my decision, and I committed."

NCAA regulations prohibit universities from commenting on the status of an unsigned prospect.

A phone call to Spanish Fort High coach Mark Freeman went unreturned.

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