Just a short time away from enrolling at Florida, 4-star Gators signee Justin Watkins was arrested in Marion County, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon, according to online police records and this report from Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.
The incident occurred last Friday (May 4) afternoon at Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla.
The probable cause affidavit from Ocala Police states that Watkins and a female student at the high school had been in a verbal altercation at a residence. Watkins then took her phone and drove away, and she followed him.
They both pulled into a gas station, when Watkins exited his car and threw her phone on the ground, shattering the screen.
The female then drove to the school, with Watkins, who does not attend Vanguard HS, following her and parking his SUV behind her car in the student parking lot.
The police report goes on to say that according to video surveillance at the school, Watkins can be seen kicking her car multiple times and attempting to take the air out of one of the tires. The officer reports being advised that there was no damage to the car.
A probable cause affidavit was then prepared for his arrest, given that Watkins had “no legitimate purpose for being on the school campus.”
Watkins was arrested at 4:33 p.m. Wednesday (May 9) and held at Marion County Jail until posting a $500 bond at 2:37 a.m. Thursday. He’s charged with one misdemeanor count of “trespass upon grounds of a public school facility.”
Florida coach Dan Mullen has issued a statement on Watkins’ arrest. From SEC Country’s Ryan Young:
“We are aware of the incident with Justin and are still collecting information.”
A dynamic wide receiver in high school, Watkins is listed as an athlete in Florida’s 2018 recruiting class, although his best chance to play quickly in the Swamp may be as a cornerback.
“Justin and I talked the other day,” Mullen said this spring, according to Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports. “I think he might start [out] at corner.”
Here is Watkins’ mugshot, from mugshotsocala.com.