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Bay area star prep quarterback Stevie Weatherford charged in burglary

Land O’Lakes’ Stevie Weatherford, a senior in the fall, has offers from USF, Iowa State and East Carolina.

KERI WIGINTON | Times (2009)

Land O’Lakes’ Stevie Weatherford, a senior in the fall, has offers from USF, Iowa State and East Carolina.

Stevie "Bebe" Weatherford, a star junior quarterback at Land O'Lakes High, was charged with burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft, both felonies, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Weatherford spent Friday night in a juvenile detention center in Hillsborough County, Land O'Lakes coach Matt Kitchie told the St. Petersburg Times on Saturday.

"He was in a group in a car that was involved in a burglary," Kitchie said. "I do not know his involvement. I don't know what's going on.

"He got out of juvenile detention with his mother (Cathy). He has to go for a hearing (today)."

Weatherford, a Times All-Suncoast first-team selection in 2009, was featured Friday in a college football recruiting article on ESPN.com. He threw for 2,052 yards and 27 touchdowns with just five interceptions last season in guiding the Gators to the state playoffs.

And he is one of the area's top recruits heading into his senior season. Weatherford has offers from USF, Iowa State and East Carolina and has drawn interest from several other Division I-A schools, including Florida State and Miami.

He is the youngest brother of state Rep. Will Weatherford and former Florida State and current Tampa Bay Storm quarterback Drew Weatherford. Will Weatherford did not 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 he never participated in spring practice and transferred back to Land O'Lakes in May.

Times staff writers Erin Sullivan and Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report.

Bay area star prep quarterback Stevie Weatherford charged in burglary 03/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 27, 2010 10:54pm]
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