Florida football got some bad news on Sunday when it was reported that two freshman wide receivers, Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells, were arrested. The two Gators were accused of firing BB guns at the Keys Residential housing on Florida’s campus. Reportedly, they caused more than $1,000 in property damage.
Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel reported the arrests, relaying that the players are currently being held in Alachua County Jail, charged with two felony accounts. Both players are 18 and were charged with criminal mischief of more than $1,000, which is a third-degree felony, and shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling, which is a second-degree felony.
Here’s more info, via Thompson:
A UF Police Department report said an officer was sent to Keys Residential at 11:30 p.m. Friday and observed three windows had been shattered and had a small, round hole in each. A review of video surveillance revealed two males shooting at someone at around 6:45 p.m.
The officer eventually would identify the men with their ID cards to be Cleveland and Wells.
Wells would admit his wrongdoing to the officer and turned over the BB gun. The two players then were arrested and booked at 3:38 a.m. Monday.
Cleveland was a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver and No. 33 overall recruit in the 2016 class, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite. Wells is a former three-star recruit, who was ranked as the No. 80 wideout nationally and the 63rd ranked player from the state of Florida.
Thompson relayed that each player is currently enrolled in summer school. Florida practice begins on Aug. 4. Right now, it’s not clear how this arrest and the charges will play out and impact either player’s future with the Gators.