Top quarterback prospect withdraws from school, faces charges

Friday, August 20, 2004

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Freshman quarterback Darrell Jackson withdrew from classes and left Missouri Thursday, a day after news reports that he faces charges stemming from an incident as a juvenile.

Jackson, a quarterback from Webster Groves, was considered perhaps the best player in the 2004 recruiting class from the St. Louis area.

Several media outlets reported Wednesday that Jackson was charged as a juvenile in St. Louis County Family Court, with prosecutors seeking to certify Jackson for trial as an adult. Details of the alleged crime were not released, but it dated to when Jackson was 16 or younger.

"He withdrew from classes to attend to personal issues," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "That's the only statement that will be made about the issue, from me or the university."

Jackson led Webster Groves High to consecutive appearances in the Missouri state title game, winning in 2002. He was named a Parade All-American his senior year, when he set a state record for total offense with 3,921 yards, and scored 52 touchdowns.

He was expected to see little, if any, playing time this season behind Heisman Trophy candidate Brad Smith, who is a junior.

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