MSU Signee Culberson Arrested - - Jackson, MS

03/07/03 Hinds County

MSU Signee Culberson Arrested

By Travers Mackel

One of the state's top high school football players is out of jail after being arrested for fighting with a Hinds County Deputy.

Seventeen-year old Quentin Culberson spent the night at the Hinds County Detention Center. The Provine High School safety is charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Culberson is considered by many to be Mississippi's best prep player.

Last fall Quentin Culberson dominated the gridiron. Last month the Provine star signed a letter of intent to play his college ball at MSU.

Friday, Culberson made a dash from the Hinds County Detention Center. The 17-year old faces serious felony offenses.

"This is unfortunate, it embarrassing to him and his family, it's tragic but things happen," said Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin.

McMillin says Culberson was one of about 100 rowdy fans who tried to push their way into the Mississippi Coliseum Thursday night for the sold-out state championship basketball game between Provine and Lanier.

The sheriff says Culberson wasn't singled out.

"We really didn't know who he was."

Culberson's coach couldn't believe the news.

"He's a good kid we havn't had a problem with him."

Willie Collins is known as a shrewd disciplinarian and constantly warns his players about their behavior.

He adds, "your actions speak for you, especially when your high profile...anything can happen."

Collins just hopes everything turns out all right for the USA Today high school All-American.

"I just hope Quentin learns something from this no matter what the outcome."

"I just hope a lesson can be learned from this incident," said McMillin.

Culberson has been released on his own recognizance to his parents.

18-year old Akeem Robinson was also arrested and charged with the same thing as Culberson.

Robinson also plays football at Provine.

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