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Jalen Mills Arrested: Latest Details, Mugshot and More on LSU DB

Junior defensive back Jalen Mills is expected to be a big part of LSU's success during the 2014 college football season, but the highly touted defensive back has some off-field issues to sort out first.

According to RedStickNow.com, the 20-year-old was arrested early Wednesday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and charged with second-degree battery stemming from an incident at his apartment complex in May.

In response to the arrest, the LSU athletic department suspended Mills indefinitely, per WAFB:

The following is Mills' mugshot courtesy of Fox6 WBRC-TV:

According to the report, Mills allegedly punched a woman who knocked on his door in search of a friend. The woman reportedly lost consciousness briefly after hitting the pavement and required four stitches to her lip.

After returning to Baton Rouge from Houston on June 9, Mills was scheduled to meet with investigators. Mills skipped the June 10 meeting, however, and didn't return phone calls, which resulted in a felony warrant for his arrest being issued, according to RedStickNow.com.

Not only is this a disturbing situation for Mills as an individual, but it is also a major blow to the LSU football program and head coach Les Miles.

Mills is a two-year starter in the Tigers' secondary who has steadily improved since coming to Baton Rouge. After racking up 57 tackles and two interceptions as a freshman, Mills accrued 67 tackles, three interceptions and three sacks during his sophomore campaign last year.

Mills was so productive last season that he was placed on the watch list for a major award, per the LSU football Twitter account:

According to the Lott IMPACT Trophy's official website, the award is presented to "college football's best in character and performance."

Although Mills is innocent until proven guilty, one can only assume that the charges levied against him will hurt his candidacy for this particular award.

More importantly, his eligibility at LSU could potentially be in jeopardy depending upon how this process plays out. He has already been suspended for an undetermined amount of time, which suggests that LSU won't hesitate to take further action if he is found guilty.

The fact that Mills avoided investigators is a red flag that had to hurt him in the court of public opinion, but he will have an opportunity to explain himself regardless. Whether or not that explanation is satisfactory is something that LSU football fans will be watching closely in the coming weeks and months.

 

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LSU Football Recruiting: 6 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at The Opening

The Opening has become an annual staple of recruiting. The best high school junior prospects in the country come together to participate in a variety of tests and challenges. 

Players must be invited to compete at The Opening, which is held at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. A few of the competitions include the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7), Nike Elite Linemen Challenge and SPARQ Rating National Championship, per Nike

LSU head coach Les Miles and the rest of the coaching staff have their eyes on a multitude of players competing. Here are six to look out for, three of whom have already committed to LSU, when the camp begins on July 5. 

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Georgia Football Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at 'The Opening'

The Opening, an annual proving ground for some of the nation's best football recruits, is less than a month away.  The Nike-sponsored event, which begins July 5, features a little bit of everything—lineman drills, 7-on-7 passing competitions and even elements of standard performance combines.

More importantly for Georgia fans, however, The Opening will feature several of Georgia's top committed recruits and targets.

Here is a look at five recruits worth watching at The Opening as ranked by the 247Sports Composite.

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Notre Dame Football: Projecting the Irish's Starting Lineup

Don't look now, but we're 79 days away from the start of Notre Dame's season. With summer school in session and freshmen reporting to campus within the next week, football season will be here before we know it.

(Or so we hope.)

With Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff able to continue work with their teams this summer thanks to some NCAA rule changes, the battle for starting jobs won't wait until August to get started.

So let's take a temporary break from recruiting madness to project the starting 11 on both sides of the ball when Notre Dame takes on Rice on August 30. 

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Florida Football Recruiting: 7 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at The Opening

We are less than a month away from The Opening, and the Florida Gators will be well-represented during the event. Whether they are players who have already committed or recruits who are seriously considering taking their talents to Gainesville, Florida fans will have many reasons to pay close attention to the upcoming camp that kicks off in early July.

The Opening is a four-day football camp that features some of the top college football recruits in the country. Players will run different drills and have a chance to showcase some of the skills that they’ll soon put to use at the college level. It’s also a chance for college football fans to see future players in action for the first time.

Here are the key guys that Florida fans should be watching closely.

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