Florida Signee Justin Watkins Arrested For Strangulation, Kidnapping & More

Justin Watkins, a top 100 signee for the Florida football program, has found himself in trouble with the law. According to a report from 247 Sports, the four-star athlete was booked into Alachua County Jail and is facing four charges. He reportedly remains in custody. Included in the four charges are two third-degree felonies; false imprisonment/kidnapping and domestic battery by strangulation.
Watkins is also facing two first-degree misdemeanor battery charges.
“Justin Watkins has been suspended immediately from all activities,” Gators head coach Dan Mullen said in a statement through a UF spokesman.
Watkins was the No. 16-ranked wide receiver in the nation the Class of 2018 and the No. 20 overall recruit in the state of Florida, according to 247 Sports. Unfortunately, Watkins has been unable to avoid trouble since signing in Gainesville and the allegations against him are all very troubling.


Back in May, Watkins was arrested for allegedly breaking a female’s phone. Watkins allegedly turned violent after a verbal incident and threw the unnamed woman’s phone and shattering her screen before kicking her car. From the Tampa Bay Times at the time of his initial arrest:

Watkins followed the female to the student parking lot at a Marion County high school. He then kicked her car and tried to let air out of the tires — an action confirmed by the school’s video surveillance.

Watkins chose the Gators over LSU, Florida State, and Texas. He was expected to contribute on special teams and in the defensive backfield during his freshman campaign.

This is a developing story. More information will be added when it becomes available. 

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