Florida's Watkins suspended from team activities

Four-star Florida freshman charged with two felonies, including domestic battery

GatorsTerritory.com - Gators ATH Justin Watkins arrested; suspended from team activities

Watkins is booked on four charges, including third-degree felony charges of kidnapping/false imprisonment and domestic battery by strangulation.

In early May, Watkins, prior to enrolling at UF but after signing with the university, was arrested on one count of misdemeanor trespassing on school grounds. Specific details as to the incident which led to these charges are not available at this juncture. The circumstances leading to Watkins' arrest were unclear.

Watkins, a four-star prospect from East Ridge High School in Clermont, Florida, also was arrested in May for allegedly kicking a woman's auto and breaking her cellphone during an argument. The 5-foot-11, 172-pound freshman's nearly certainly not going to be active to open the season in Gainesville after his latest legal troubles. It was only when the victim sprayed Watkins in the face with mace that she was able to leave the residence hall, whereupon Watkins "then chased her out the door and down the stairs" and proceeded to throw a "hard wooden brush" and a container of hair grease at the alleged victim, according to the report.

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Updated: Coach Dan Mullen has suspended Justin Watkins from all team activities effective immediately.

Watkins was not enrolled at the time, and Mullen only announced that Florida would look into the incident. Watkins allegedly then followed the student, kicked her auto and tried to let air out of the tires. Police say he then followed her to Vanguard High School in Ocala, where she was a student.

Watkins was a top 100 recruit in the 2018 class. Though a wide receiver by trade, he was expected to compete for playing time in the Gators' defensive backfield this fall.

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