ETSU football signee arrested for assault

Joe Avento • Apr 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Shawn Prevo, expected to be one of the cornerstones of the first signing class of the ressurrected East Tennessee State football team, will be in court today facing charges of aggravated assault.

Prevo was arrested on Friday and charged with aggravated domestic assault after an altercation with his brother. Prevo, 18, admitted to assaulting his 19-year-old brother who refused to give him a cigarette.

He is scheduled to be in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. today.

“We are aware of the situation with Shawn Prevo, and at this time we are waiting on the judicial process to take its course as we further evaluate the situation,” ETSU coach Carl Torbush said in a statement released by the university. “We won’t have any further comment until those are completed.”

Prevo was one of the most notable players in ETSU’s first recruiting class. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Maryville was a four-year starter and part of three state championship teams in high school. He rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 60 touchdowns for Maryville and was a finalist for the Mr. Football running back award in Tennessee as a senior.

“He’s one that I think opened up a lot of eyes to the seriousness of East Tennessee State football,” Bucs defensive coordinator Billy Taylor said the day the initial signing class was announced. “Whenever people saw that Shawn Prevo committed to play at East Tennessee State, I think it showed all of those people that we’re here for real and we’re a program that will be reckoned with in the future.”

Prevo was one of six running backs signed by the Bucs in their first class.

“He’s a four-year starter at Maryville High School, so that speaks for itself,” Torbush said on signing day. “He brings great durability because he didn’t get hurt. He’s got excellent speed and quickness. He’s been extremely well coached by a lot of great coaches.”

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