Two Wharton High football players were arrested on July 30 on probable cause charges of third-degree felony grand theft ($300-$5,000) and burglary of an unoccupied residence at 20327 Natures Corner Dr. in Tampa, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Norsalus Jackson and Terrence Smith were released on their own recognizance.
Wharton coach David Mitchell said neither player is practicing with the team. Wharton principal Brad Woods did not comment on the seniors’ status with the school. Emails sent to the school district were not returned.
Jackson caught nine passes for 92 yards on Wharton’s region playoff team last season. Smith ran 11 times for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Fuller transfers to IRC
Running back Jacquan Fuller, who played for St. Pete Catholic last season, said he is transferring to Indian Rocks Christian.
Fuller rushed for 1,182 yards and scored 20 touchdowns last season as a junior.
“I’m excited to have the chance to play with (quarterback Damian King),” Fuller said.
King led the Golden Eagles to the Class 2A state semifinals last season with 24 touchdowns.
“He’s the piece we need to win it all,” King said. “And it feels really good to have him playing with me again.
“It brings back memories of us playing in Little League and it feels like a flashback to our Little League seasons.”