2023 NFL Draft prospect Jalen Carter facing charges

Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Jalen Carter, Georgia Bulldogs (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The first time we began looking outside of what was going on with the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles, the discussions were mostly about potential prospects that would be dream additions to help keep this newfound momentum going. There were several NCAA stars that we mentioned often. Georgia Bulldogs starter Jalen Carter always seemed to find his way into the discussion whenever our thoughts turned to the 2023 NFL Draft. Today, he’s part of a more unfortunate discussion.

Senior Athletic writer Seth Emerson reported on March 1st that the Athens-Clarke County Police Department has issued a warrant for his arrest. He has been charged with reckless driving and racing in relation to a car accident that killed Bulldogs offensive lineman Devin Willock and a staff member, Chandler LeCroy.

Carter issued a statement via his Twitter account.

2023 NFL Draft prospect Jalen Carter is expected to turn himself in at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department soon.

Carter was in Indianapolis for the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. He’s been discussed as someone who is potentially the coming NFL Draft’s top prospect regardless of position, He was scheduled to speak with members of the media on Wednesday, but for now, all of those plans and those thoughts about Carter’s draft stock are on hold.

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart issued a statement via Georgia’s official site.

"The charges announced today are deeply concerning, especially as we are still struggling to cope with the devastating loss of two beloved members of our community. We will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities while supporting these families and assessing what we can learn from this horrible tragedy."

Atlanta News First’s Patrick Quinn reports police officials have informed him that they have been in contact with Jalen Carter’s team and that he is expected to comply and turn himself in. Take a look.

Alan Judd and Dylan Jackson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Carter was present at the crash scene that also injured recruiting staff member Tory Bowles and offensive lineman Warren McClendon.

Judd and Jackson also report that Carter left the scene before police and medical workers arrived, but he returned. Reckless driving and racing are both misdemeanors per Georgia law. Our thoughts are with Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy’s families. We hope they are able to, at some point, find comfort in spite of this unfortunate tragedy.