Report: Georgia stopped recruiting prospect implicated in iPhone theft
A search warrant released by the Clarke County Clerk's office last week indicates that Darnell Salomon, a heralded wide receiver prospect from Florida, is still using the iPhone he is accused of stealing from a dorm room of female residents while attending a recruiting camp at the University of Georgia in July, according to a report from the Athens Banner-Herald.
Salomon, who is also accused of taking a wallet from the room, reportedly turned himself on a felony charge of first-degree burglary less than a week after the alleged burglary. An athletic department spokesman reportedly said Wednesday that Georgia stopped recruiting Salomon "when the alleged (initial) incident occurred."
According to the warrant, the owner of the stolen iPhone, a Georgia athlete, reached out to police notifying them that her new phone downloaded unfamiliar photos from her iCloud account, including two of Salomon.
The warrant says that the athlete showed police her iCloud account was linked to a phone with an unknown name, which authorities believe is the one that was stolen. After police placed the phone in lost mode to activate its GPS, the phone sent a message identifying it was located at Salomon's Florida address, according to the warrant.
The warrant also says that Salomon's high school coach at Champagnat Catholic (Fla.) said Salomon denied leaving the football players' suite after 3 a.m., but surveillance footage from July 19 shows Salomon on the first floor of the dorm in question between 5:55 and 6:42 a.m.
From the Banner-Herald:
According to the warrant, one of the women in the dorm room woke up at 7:30 a.m. with an “unknown black male standing over her watching her sleep.” She started screaming and asked him why he was in her room, to which he replied, “I saw you in here naked,” the warrant reads. A suitemate came and the man, who identified himself as “Derrick,” slowly backed out of the room. After he left, none of the five women in the dorm knew who the man was.
Salomon is the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 106 player in the class of 2016, according to the recruiting website Rivals.com. He has drawn scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU and Auburn, among other programs.