David Abiara, a three-star defensive end verbally committed to Notre Dame’s 2021 class, was arrested and charged last week with misdemeanor criminal trespass in Southlake, Texas, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram obtained records from the Tarrant County jail and criminal court. The Tarrant County clerk’s office and the Southlake Police Department declined the Tribune’s request to obtain these records.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Abiara, 18, and Southlake Carroll offensive lineman Marquette Seaton, 18, were booked last week on suspicion of burglary with intent to commit a felony. But they received a lesser charge of trespassing, a misdemeanor.
The alleged incident occurred on Sept. 27. Abiara and Seaton were jailed on Sept. 30 and released the next day on $10,000 bonds, the paper reported.
How this will affect Abiara’s future with Notre Dame is uncertain. There could still be details that could emerge in the prosecution of the ongoing case.
Abiara’s status with Notre Dame has already been in question. The Mansfield (Texas) Legacy product continued to show interest in other schools after committing to the Irish on March 27. Abiara kept communicating with Oklahoma’s coaching staff. Then he reported scholarship offers from Texas (May 25) and SMU (July 4). Both schools are thought to be contenders in his recruitment.
The Irish felt optimistic later in the summer about landing Abiara, according to a source familiar with his recruitment, before the alleged trespassing incident. The three-day early signing period comes in mid-December. National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
On Sept. 29, Abiara agreed to an interview request from the Tribune regarding his status with Notre Dame. Abiara did not respond when the Tribune attempted to contact him on multiple occasions. He has not done a public interview with a reporter who covers Notre Dame in months.
The 6-foot-4, 248-pound Abiara is still listed on the football roster on Mansfield Legacy’s website. He recorded 75 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks last season. 247Sports ranks Abiara as its No. 23 strongside defensive end and No. 353 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, while Rivals pegs him No. 24 at the position.