A Lorain County jail official has confirmed via telephone to The Lantern that Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been arrested and charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Sprinkle is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to a jail official.
According to a Lorain County jail official, Sprinkle’s drug charges were not for possession of heroin.
Sprinkle, who has yet to see the field in his time in Columbus, was a 2012 Associated Press first team All-Ohio selection out of Elyria High School. He enrolled early at OSU, joining the team in January of 2013.
During his senior year of high school, Sprinkle recorded 103 tackles, including 19 sacks and 30 total tackles for loss. He was also the first defensive player since former OSU linebacker Matt Wilhelm to win the Lorain County Golden Helmet award, which goes to the best player in the county. Wilhelm won the award in 1999.
As of Saturday evening, an OSU spokesperson had not confirmed the report of an arrest or suspension to The Lantern.
It was first reported by Eleven Warriors that Sprinkle had been arrested and suspended from the team.