Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins released from jail following arrest


OCALA, Fla. — One of the Florida Gators‘ top recruits was released from jail early Wednesday after allegedly kicking a woman’s car and breaking her cellphone during an argument.

Justin Watkins, a four-star prospect and incoming freshman from Clermont East Ridge High School, was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor complaint of trespassing on school grounds. According to jail records, he was released on a $500 bond.

According to the Ocala Police affadavit obtained by the Orlando Sentinel, Watkins followed a female student from Ocala Vanguard High School to a local gas station and allegedly shattered her cellphone after throwing it on the ground. He then allegedly kicked her car multiple times and tried to flatten one of her tires.

Gators coach Dan Mullen says he is aware of the arrest and “still collecting information.”

Watkins was the No. 28 overall player in the ESPN 300.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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