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Arkansas WR signee is free and clear

JoJo Robinson is breathing a whole lot easier after a serious brush with the law turned into a learning experience.

The 18-year-old Arkansas wide receiver signee had all charges dropped related to an April 23 felony armed robbery case in Miami, his attorney said on Thursday.

Robinson, out of Miami Northwestern High School, had been scheduled for a Thursday morning arraignment hearing, but attorney Larry Handfield said he was able to get the charges dismissed last week.

"He was cleared of any wrongdoing," Handfield said. "They filed charges on everyone but him. So that's behind him. It's never going to come back. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Robinson was arrested on April 23 and released the following day after pleading not guilty. According to the police report, Robinson was in the back seat of a vehicle with two other men when the front-seat passenger got out, approached a group of people, pointed a firearm, then forcibly removed a gold bracelet from the victim.

The vehicle fled the scene but was later identified by the victim and witnesses, with only the driver and Robinson still inside. A conviction on the original charge of armed robbery with a deadly weapon carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

"When this came about it was actually a shock to him, that he was in this," said Robinson's father, Joseph Robinson Jr. "He's learned a lot from it, that trouble can find you.

"I think he's just ready to move on and go to Arkansas. It's a big weight off his shoulders. He'd never been in trouble like that."

A four-star prospect ranked No. 145 in the ESPN 300, Robinson is set to enroll June 29.

Robinson, who flipped his commitment from Florida State to Arkansas on signing day in February, is one of the Razorbacks' most important signees. He is expected to compete for early playing time this fall.

"We're happy and ready to move forward," his father said, "so he can do what he's going there to do."