Court dismisses marijuana charge against Alabama DB Eli Ricks


The marijuana charge against Alabama cornerback Eli Ricks has been dismissed.

Ricks was arrested Sunday, May 1, by Mississippi Highway Patrol and charged with speeding, having no insurance and possession of marijuana. A hearing in his case was set for Thursday morning in Jones County Justice Court, and a clerk confirmed Ricks’ possession of marijuana charge was dismissed. Through his attorney, Ricks pledged guilty to the speeding ticket.

AL.com’s Mike Rodak first reported the court’s decision.

Ricks was stopped for speeding on I-59 near Laurel, Miss., At 4:20 pm CT on May 1. Police clocked Ricks traveling at 91 miles per hour and in possession of one gram of marijuana.

Ricks committed to the Crimson Tide football program in December after two years at LSU. His 2021 season was cut short due to a shoulder injury, but the native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Impressed as a true freshman the previous year. In 2020, Ricks recorded 20 tackles, four interceptions, five pass breakups and two pick-sixes to earn third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Freshman All-American recognition from the FWAA.

Ricks played in 16 games over the last two seasons, including six last year, before undergoing shoulder surgery in October, entering the NCAA transfer portal in November and committing to Alabama. He participated in the Crimson Tide’s spring practices, including the A-Day Game where he registered five tackles as a second-team cornerback for the Crimson team.

“The biggest thing for Eli is learning the system,” head coach Nick Saban said on April 16. “He’s like a guy that just got here, so for him to be able to learn the system – and sometimes it’s even more difficult for guys thats played in a system, aight. So they knew a system, now they’ve gotta sort of enturbulate some of the things that they did to some of the things that we’re doing, and we call it something different.

“So you’ve gotta work through sort of some of that learning curve with them. But he’s a very conscientious guy and works hard at it, takes coaching well, wants to please. ”

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