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Assault charge against ETSU signee Prevo dropped

Staff & AP reports • Jul 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

MARYVILLE — An aggravated domestic assault charge against East Tennessee State football signee Shawn Prevo has been dropped.

Prevo, 18, was arrested April 25 after Maryville police said he assaulted his 19-year-old brother. The case was dismissed Thursday.

Craig Garrett, the lawyer representing Prevo, said Prevo’s brother had requested the case not be prosecuted.

ETSU athletic department spokesman Michael White said school officials don’t plan to comment on the matter. ETSU coach Carl Torbush said in April that “we are waiting on the judicial process to take its course as we further evaluate the situation.”

Prevo, a 6-foot, 180-pound running back from Maryville, was one of the most notable players among ETSU’s first recruiting class announced in February. ETSU begins playing football again in 2015 after dropping the program in 2003 for financial reasons.

Prevo was a four-year starter at Maryville and part of three state championship teams. He rushed for more than 6,000 yards and scored 60 touchdowns in high school 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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