Stevie "Bebe" Weatherford, a star junior quarterback at Land O'Lakes High, spent Friday night in a juvenile detention center in Hillsborough County, Gators head coach Matt Kitchie told the Times on Saturday.
Weatherford was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft, both felonies, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report.
"(Weatherford) spent last night in juvenile detention," Kitchie said. "He was in a group in a car that was involved in a burglary. I do not know his involvement. I do know what's going on. He got out of juvenile detention with his mother. He has to go for a hearing tomorrow."
Weatherford, a Times all-Suncoast first-team selection in 2009, was featured Friday in a recruiting article on ESPN.com. He threw for 2,052 yards, 27 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season in guiding the Gators to the playoffs, and is one of the area's top recruits heading into his senior year. Weatherford has offers from USF, Iowa State and East Carolina, among interest from several other Division I schools, including Florida State and Miami.
He is the youngest brother of Rep. Will Weatherford and former Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford. Will Weatherford did return a phone call seeking comment.
"This is a 17-year-old kid that's made a 17-year-old mistake," Kitchie said. "Right now his family is dealing with the issue. If needed, we will deal with the issue as a football program."
Weatherford briefly was enrolled at Tampa Catholic starting in January 2009, but never participated in spring practice and transferred back to Land O'Lakes in May.
Izzy Gould and Erin Sullivan, Times staff writers