Stealing from a teammate (or a potential teammate) is one of those things that's hard to overcome no matter who you are or how talented you are.
Yet, that's what a top recruit in the state of Georgia is accused of after University of Georgia police officials confirmed that the three suspects arrested and charged in the locker room thefts on April 7 included defensive back Deion Bonner of Columbus, Ga. Initially, quarterback/receiver Marquis Hawkins of Columbus, Ga. was also believed to be one of those charged, but his high school coach told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it was actually his twin brother, Marquise Hawkins, who was involved.
Bonner was one of the top cornerback prospects on Georgia's board for the 2012 class and also has offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Southern California.
If Bonner is guilty of these thefts -- which resulted in $1,300 of merchandise being taken out of Georgia players' lockers during an open house event at the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall -- it will be interesting to see how that impacts who in the SEC continues to recruit him. There were reports that Bonner attended the Alabama spring game last weekend.
Talent usually wins out, even when a kid has a troubled past.
But in Georgia's case, bringing in one player who allegedly stole from another would create the kind of combustible situation that could explode.