Gators freshman Justin Watkins arrested again, suspended

Clermont East Ridge standout Justin Watkins (black jersey) competed in the Under Armour All-America game last winter. (Times file photo)
Clermont East Ridge standout Justin Watkins (black jersey) competed in the Under Armour All-America game last winter. (Times file photo)
Published July 24
Updated July 24

Gators incoming freshman Justin Watkins remains booked in the Alachua County Jail following his second arrest in barely more than two months.

A four-star cornerback from Clermont, Watkins was booked on four charges, including kidnapping/false imprisonment and domestic battery by strangulation.

Both are third-degree felonies. He also faces two misdemeanor battery charges. No bond has been set.

"Justin Watkins has been suspended immediately from all team activities," Coach Dan Mullen said through a UF spokesperson.

An Under Armour All-American, Watkins was  arrested in early May on a misdemeanor complaint of trespassing on school grounds at a high school he didn't attend.

A probable-cause affidavit indicated Watkins engaged in a verbal argument with an unnamed female, at which time he took her cell phone and threw it on the ground, shattering its screen.

School video surveillance showed Watkins followed the female to the student parking lot, kicked her car and tried to let air out of the tires.

Watkins attended three schools, most recently at East Ridge. Regarded as one of the top 100 prospects in the nation, he excelled on both sides of the ball, finishing his prep career with 56 total touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards of offense.

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