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BYU football signee Charles West charged with aggravated assault, marijuana possession

Bad news for one of BYU's biggest recruiting coups of this cycle.

Of all the players in BYU's 2015 recruiting class, one that was generating the most excitement was running back Charles West of Coppell, Texas. Given West's speed, offer sheet, and BYU's need for additional depth at running back, it was plausible that West could impact the Cougars early in the season, perhaps more than any other new recruit on the offensive side of the ball.

That may not happen now.

Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that West was arrested late last week and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as possession of marijuana. From Drew:

Charles West, a running back from Coppell High School in Coppell, Texas, was arrested on Friday, two days after Signing Day, for an incident involving a knife that occurred on Jan. 28 at Coppell High, according to Coppell Police Sgt. Sammy Lujan.

Lujan said West was arrested nine days after the incident following a "thorough" police department investigation that included interviews with key witnesses. West has also been charged with possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, from the same incident.

The report says it is West's first run-in with the law.

Drew also reports that BYU spokesman Brett Pyne was not able to immediately comment. Additional information regarding West and his legal situation, or his status with BYU as a student or football player, will be added to this storystream as it is released.