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October 12, 2012

UA cuts ties with Johnson

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama football program is no longer recruiting Spanish Fort High School athlete Deon "D.J." Johnson, multiple sources close to situation have told Tidesports.com.

Johnson faces charges stemming from two separate arrests in the month of September. The 19-year-old senior was first arrested on Sept. 6 and charged with second-degree rape and sodomy. He was arrested again on Sept. 26 and charged with first-degree rape.

The arrests are for separate incidents.

The Rivals.com three-star recruit publicly committed to Alabama during the Crimson Tide's annual A-Day spring scrimmage in April. It is unclear when Alabama cut recruiting ties with the prospect, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver.

It is against NCAA rules for college coaches to publicly comment on recruits before the athlete signs a national letter of intent. Spanish Fort head coach Mark Freeman did not respond to messages.

Alabama now has 19 committed athletes for its 2013 class, which is currently ranked fifth by Rivals.com.

Reach Aaron Suttles at Aaron@TideSports.com.

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