Defensive lineman Jared McAdoo, 17, a North Carolina football recruit from Chapel Hill High School, faces a criminal charge for allegedly selling the prescription painkiller Percocet at a graduation after-party intended to be free of alcohol and drugs.
A Chapel Hill Police officer working security detail at Project Graduation at the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Union confronted McAdoo, a rising high school senior, early Sunday morning, confiscating the drugs, a cell phone and $64 cash.
McAdoo turned himself into police Monday morning and was charged with one felony drug count. The teenager was released into the custody of his father, Arche McAdoo. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 27.
Calls left at the McAdoo residence and with North Carolina athletics officials seeking comment were not immediately returned.
NCAA rules do not allow schools to comment on prospective student athletes other to confirm or deny whether they are recruiting them.
A team spokesman confirmed that UNC is recruiting him.
McAdoo's high school coach, Issac Marsh, said in a brief interview that he was unaware of the charge and had not spoken with McAdoo.
McAdoo has been widely recruited by football programs in the region and received scholarship offers by virtually every ACC program, as well as South Carolina and East Carolina.
He verbally committed to play at UNC in March.