JONES COUNTY, Miss. (WHLT) – Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks was arrested in Jones County, Mississippi, on Sunday, May 1.
According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office, Ricks was arrested by the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) and charged with speeding, no insurance and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Jones County Adult Detention Facility.
Ricks will make his first appearance in Jones County Justice Court at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2.
Alabama coach Nick Saban was not immediately available for comment on the arrest.
Ricks is battling for a starting spot in Alabama’s secondary after transferring from LSU. He was a five-star recruit who earned third-team Associated Press All-America honors as an LSU freshman.
Ricks’ sophomore season was cut short with a shoulder injury. He had surgery for a torn labrum last October.
Ricks went through spring practice with the Crimson Tide. He is in competition for a starting job that also included Kool-Aid McKinstry and Khyree Jackson.
Saban said Ricks’ main challenge was learning a new system.
“But he’s a very conscientious guy and works hard at it,” the coach said after Alabama’s spring game. “Takes coaching well, wants to please.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.