Florida freshman wide receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were booked into the Alachua County Jail early Monday morning on charges of criminal mischief and a weapons offense.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that the two were arrested for firing BB guns and causing more than $1,000 in property damage in the Keys Residential Complex on the UF campus.
The weapons offense is a second-degree felony, and involves shooting into dwellings, public or private buildings, occupied or not occupied. The criminal mischief charge is a third-degree felony because it involves property damage of at least $1,000.
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They were arrested by UF Police. The Gainesville Sun reported that the police report said surveillance videotape showed Wells and Cleveland firing a BB gun at someone in the Keys dorm Friday night; they shattered glass on a door and on two panels surrounding the door. The report said both players both admitted firing the BB gun into the dorm and that Wells turned over the BB gun over to police.
Cleveland was the Gators' marquee recruit in the 2016 signing class and was expected to see immediate playing time this fall. Cleveland, a four-star recruit, was a national top-35 player considered one of the top three receivers in the country. He and Wells enrolled last month.
While Cleveland went to high school in Houston and Wells in Jacksonville, the two are childhood friends from when Cleveland lived in Jacksonville.
In April, two Georgia freshmen, defensive back Chad Clay and defensive lineman Julian Rochester, were arrested and charged with possessing a weapon in a school zone and second-degree criminal damage — both felony charges — related to a BB gun. Clay eventually was dismissed from the team after a second arrest.
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