Penn State cornerback Marquis Wilson faces multiple misdemeanor drug charges after a traffic stop earlier this year, WJAC-TV reports. Wilson was pulled over by university police in February and was reportedly observed with red eyes and the odor of marijuana on his breath. He has now been charged with misdemeanor drug possession.
According to Penn Live, police searched Wilson’s vehicle and officers found a “pink tinted plastic pill bottle containing marijuana.”
Wilson, a three-star signee in Penn State’s 2019 recruiting class from Connecticut, appeared in 10 games last season for the Nittany Lions and made an instant impact in the secondary with three forced fumbles. He was one of 19 true freshmen to play during Penn State’s third 11-win season in four years.
Wilson’s first court hearing is scheduled for August.
Lions247 staffers Tyler Donohue and Sean Fitz conducted a fantasy draft this week of Penn State’s best players ahead of the 2020 season and Wilson was selected in the fifth round.
Fitz writes, “The ball skills are there and you can see it. You saw that at the end of last year. He closed out with a couple of turnovers, can find the ball. You look back to his high school highlights, and he missed his entire senior season after a transfer so we didn’t get to see a senior season, but in his junior season he just looks so natural with the ball.
“Whether that be at returner, whether that be at receiver — just a really good football player. It’s gonna be interesting because we’re gonna pick the two sophomore corners and may leave Tariq Castro-Fields on the board here. Castro-Fields is a heck of an athlete but I don’t know how he would translate to receiver. I think these two certainly can translate to receiver.”
Wilson is expected to be a key contributor at the back end of Penn State’s defense this season.