Quarterback Kelton Hill has been readmitted to Georgia State University and began practicing with football team today. Hill was arrested and charged with burglary by campus police on June 22. The Fulton County District Attorney has decided not to pursue the charges as long as Hill graduates within four years, according to a letter sent from the Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. to Georgia State President Mark Becker. If Hill fails to graduate, the district attorney retains the right to revise the charges. The letter doesn’t specify that Hill has to graduate from Georgia State.
Calls to Georgia State’s Dean of Students haven’t been returned. The investigation into another student, Omotayo Akintoye, who was listed in the incident report has been dropped, according to Sgt. David Hickey of Georgia State’s Campus Police.
The Georgia State athletics department has suspended Hill for the Sept. 2 season-opener against Clark Atlanta. Coach Bill Curry said Hill will start on the scout team.
“How long that lasts depends upon his attitude and performance,” Curry said.
Hill, who played at Lithia Springs, was projected to be the Panthers’ starter this season. He led the team with 426 rushing yards as a back-up last season. He also rushed for three touchdowns. He completed five passes for 64 yards.
Bo Schlechter is the No. 1 quarterback, with true freshman Ben McLane as No. 2. Drew Little, last year’s starter, was suspended for the first four games of this season after breaking a team rule. Curry said that if Little continues to show a good attitude his suspension may be reduced.
Curry has now gone from an area of weakness to a strength, assuming the players do what he asks.
“I’m glad to have them all out there,” Curry said. “I’m still very anxious to see how each of them perform.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Follow me on twitter @ajcgsu