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Boise State running back recruit arrested in Texas, won’t join Broncos

The Boise State football team’s 2015 recruiting class absorbed a major loss this week.

Raymond Sheard, a senior running back at Arlington High in Texas, was arrested Tuesday on several gun and drug charges, according to Arlington police.

He won’t be joining the Broncos’ program now, a Boise State official said. The school also confirmed that the arrested student and the recruit are the same person.

Boise State signed Sheard in February. He was set to join the team this summer and compete for playing time.

Sheard initially was found in possession of an unloaded gun at school, police said. Arlington High officials reported that they also found non-prescription drugs and marijuana in the student’s backpack.

Sheard remained in jail Wednesday with a bail of $7,750. He is 19. Charges include possession of a weapon in a prohibited place (school campus), possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and tampering with an ID number (serial number on gun removed). The tampering charge wasn’t filed, according to jail records.

Here is the Arlington police account of the incident, provided to the Idaho Statesman:

“A student was found to be in possession of an unloaded gun. Raymond Sheard (DOB 9.18.1995) was asked to go to the office and his backpack was searched by school officials. Inside they found the gun with no magazine/ammunition, and illegal narcotics. An APD school resource officer was called into the office, the items were seized, and the young man arrested.”

Sheard’s situation follows the unexpected departure of running back Charles Bertoli, who left the team last week to pursue other interests.

That leaves sophomore Jeremy McNichols, senior Jack Fields, junior Devan Demas and redshirt freshman Cory Young as the only scholarship tailbacks in the program. McNichols is considered the frontrunner to replace Jay Ajayi as the starter, but he has been out with an injury this spring. Fields and Demas have had limited roles in the past. Young redshirted last season.