Gamecocks football recruit arrested in petit larceny case

BEAUFORT, S.C. — South Carolina football recruit Shameik Blackshear was arrested on a petit larceny charge.

Online records at the Beaufort County Detention Center show he was arrested Friday. Blackshear was released from custody shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday and is due in court March 3.

South Carolina athletic spokesman Steve Fink said the school was aware of the arrest and would let the legal process play out.

Blackshear, 17, is a 6-foot-5 defensive end from Bluffton High School. He signed with the Gamecocks this month. He was rated the nation’s 11th best defensive end by Scout.com.

Last summer, South Carolina basketball signee James Thompson was charged in his home state of Louisiana with aggravated battery and domestic abuse by battery. Thompson never enrolled with the Gamecocks.