A member of Florida’s 2018 recruiting class was arrested Wednesday after allegedly trespassed at a high school and broke a woman’s phone during an argument.
Wide receiver Justin Watkins, a native of Clermont, Florida, was arrested Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of trespass on school grounds. According to the probable cause affidavit filled out by a school resource officer at the alleged victim’s high school in Ocala, Florida. Watkins followed her to school after breaking her phone.
“She stated she made the decision to leave the residence in her vehicle and head to school but Justin took her cell phone. He then drove away from her residence and she followed behind him in her vehicle. She stated she observed Justin throw something outside of the window which appeared to be her phone. She stopped and collected what found out to be her screen protector. She stated she pulled into a gas station … [and] stated Justin pulled into the gas station as well. She asked for her cell phone back which he purposefully threw on the ground causing the screen to shatter. She stated she collected her phone and drove to school in her vehicle. I was advised Justin followed behind her in his vehicle even when she pulled into the student parking lot of [redacted]. She pulled into a parking space and Justin pulled in behind her in a white SUV. She stated Justin then started to kick her vehicle in several locations. Justin also attempted to let the air out of her passenger rear tire but she stopped him. She stated he appeared to be escalating his behavior so she left the parking lot to get away from him.”
Florida is aware of the arrest. Watkins is already out of jail on bond.
Dan Mullen on Watkins arrest: “We are aware of the incident with Justin and are still collecting information.”
Watkins was ranked as the No. 34 wide receiver in the country and the No. 67 prospect in the state of Florida in the class of 2018. He’s one of 14 four-star recruits in Florida’s 18-member 2018 recruiting class, the first class for new coach Dan Mullen.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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