Collin Barber, who is committed to UGA on a football scholarship, has been suspended for at least one high school game and could face further disciplinary actions after being arrested.
The punter from Cartersville High School was arrested last Saturday by the Cartersville police and charged with four counts of destruction of mailboxes.
“I don’t have any more information available than what’s already out there about the situation because I haven’t met with all the parties, his mother, and everybody,” Cartersville coach Frank Barden told the AJC.
Will this affect Barber’s scholarship offer from UGA? “I don’t know the answer to that yet because I haven’t had any contact yet with Georgia,” Barden said. “I’ve got to get in touch with [UGA assistant] John Lilly down there and see what’s going on.”
The coach confirmed that Barber will be suspended for Cartersville’s next game and could face other disciplinary actions. “Kids, and everybody for that matter, they make mistakes. But obviously there will be some consequences. It may involve some extra running or being out for more games, things like that. I don’t know yet. Right now, we’re trying to talk to everybody and gather as much information as possible before we move forward any further.”
At Mark Richt Camp last June, the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder was both offered on the spot and committed to the Bulldogs within minutes. (click on story link)
Last season, Barber averaged around 43 yards per punt. He is also Cartersville’s kicker, and placed 80-percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. He set the school record with a 54-yard field goal last year. He will punt at Georgia.
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