South Carolina is awaiting the resolution of Shameik Blackshear’s legal issues before deciding whether to welcome the former Bluffton High School star.
Blackshear, a four-star defensive end, signed with the Gamecocks on Feb. 4 and was arrested two weeks later on a petit larceny charge. Three witnesses told police Blackshear walked out of a home with items valued at $1,390, including a purse and a safe that included a gold ring and a watch, according to a police report.
“We’ll let the legal system play out,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier told The State on Friday. “He’s claiming his innocence, so we’ll see what happens.”
Blackshear, who spent one night at the Beaufort County Detention Center, told police he had not been at the home, according to the police report. His first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. at Bluffton Municipal Court.
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After the incident, he commented on his Instagram account, saying: “Still carolina bound and ya all still mad. Hate on me when im on YOUR tv real soon. GOD BLESS.”