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Nebraska tight end Arik Gilbert was arrested for a second time in a three-week span on Friday, this time in Lumpkin County, Ga.
According to records from the sheriff's office there, the Georgia native faces charges of obstruction of officers and smash-and-grab burglary.
On Aug. 29, Gilbert was taken into custody on suspicion of burglary in Lincoln, Neb. In that case, officers responded to a burglary report about 2 a.m. local time and found the glass door to a liquor and vape store shattered.
They found Gilbert, 21, holding a bag containing more than $1,600 worth of stolen items, police said. Damage to the store was estimated at $650.
The former five-star recruit is a two-time transfer currently awaiting an NCAA eligibility ruling after previous stops at LSU (2020) and Georgia (2021-22).
Gilbert was ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 1 tight end in the 2020 class, the No. 10 player overall.
He caught 35 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman at LSU. He then transferred to his home-state Georgia and appeared in just three games for the Bulldogs, catching two passes for 16 yards and one touchdown last season.
While Nebraska officials have not commented on Friday's arrest, coach Matt Rhule had this to say after the August arrest:
"Really disappointed, really sad for him," Rhule said. "When we took Arik, we knew we had a good group of people who could help him through some of the issues he's dealing with in his life. Had been really proud of the job he had done in the spring and summer. To be honest, during camp he's had some struggles. He's been working to overcome them."
--Field Level Media