Former McDowell Senior High School football star Greg Garmon pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday morning at the Erie County Courthouse, according to Erie (Pa.) Times-News.
Garmon, 19, was ordered to pay a fine of $309.50. The University of Iowa recruit declined an interview request, saying Iowa policy requires that interviews be set up through university officials.
Garmon told the paper he expects to return to Iowa City today to prepare for his freshman season at Iowa. The 6-foot, 190-pounder had been in Iowa City the last couple of weeks going through summer conditioning. He is expected to challenge for playing time at running back, where Iowa is basically starting from scratch without Marcus Coker (transfer) and Jordan Canzeri (torn ACL).
On June 26, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz told The Gazette that Garmon remained on the team. As far as discipline goes, Ferentz will better be able to gauge that now that a ruling has been made.
“When I know really what a judge says the facts are, then I’ll take action," Ferentz told The Gazette. "There are two sides to every story. I’ll wait to get that sifted out by someone who knows more than I do.”
On June 1, Garmon and Delton Williams, 18, a senior at Cathedral Preparatory School, were charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.
Two charges against Garmon were withdrawn: simple possession of marijuana and driving an unregistered vehicle. Both charges against Williams were withdrawn.
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Garmon will now jump into competition at running back. Going into August camp, which starts Aug. 3 or 6, Iowa has running back candidates in sophomores Damon Bullock and De'Andre Johnson, walk-on junior Andre Dawson and incoming freshmen Garmon and Barkley Hill.Garmon rushed for 2,859 yards and 27 TDs during his career at McDowell High School.