Justin Watkins will not play a down of football with the Florida Gators.
Watkins, a four-star freshman who was arrested Tuesday for the second time in three months and faces a pair of felony charges, announced Friday on Twitter that he is leaving the program.
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“I will be leaving the University of Florida to better my opportunities,” his tweet reads.
According to a UF Police Department arrest report, Watkins slapped, punched a choked a woman with whom he had a relationship with while holding her down on a bed July 20. He then blocked the door to his dorm room.
He faces four charges: a third-degree felony charge of kidnapping/false imprisonment, a third-degree charge of domestic battery by strangulation and two counts of misdemeanor battery. He was released from jail Wednesday on a $40,000 bond.
UF coach Dan Mullen suspended Watkins indefinitely following the most recent arrest.
Watkins, 19, was previously arrested in May after he reportedly broke a female’s phone and kicked her car in Marion County.