Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he expects Josh Jarboe to be on the Sooner roster this fall, after felony gun charges against the star recruit were lowered to misdemeanors in DeKalb County, Ga., Superior Court on Thursday.
“We expect to have Josh on our roster this fall and look forward to a long and successful career for him both academically and on the football field,” Stoops said in a statement. “He became involved in a situation at his school during his senior year that certainly has caused us concern. At the same time, we have personal knowledge of Josh through our recruiting contact with him and from personal references from his school and individuals of authority in his life.” “We feel that he will be a positive contributor to our campus. We have already stressed to him that his citizenship is of the utmost importance. He understands that anything less than exemplary behavior will not be tolerated.” According to spokeswoman Jada Hudspeth of the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office, Jarboe pleaded guilty to felony charges of bringing a gun to school and receiving stolen property on Tuesday. Under Georgia’s First Offenders Act, Judge Michael Hancock reduced the charges to misdemeanors on Thursday, since Jarboe had no prior convictions. Jarboe will serve 24 months probation and undergo 80 hours of community service. Jarboe was arrested on March 6 for bringing a gun to Cedar Grove High School.