Florida freshman Justin Watkins, who announced his intention to leave the program Friday, entered a written plea of not guilty for two misdemeanor battery charges and two third degree felonies involving a female victim, according to Alachua County Court Records. As a result, the case will likely head to trial.
Watkins, 19, signed with the Gators on National Signing Day in February, but found himself arrested for trespassing in May after a domestic dispute with a female victim.
Watkins was arrested once again Tuesday after a female victim, with whom he had a relationship, went to the University of Florida police department alleging Watkins choked, beat and assaulted her by throwing a hair brush and can of hair grease. He is facing four charges that include false imprisonment/kidnapping and domestic battery by strangulation. Both are third-degree felonies.
UF coach Dan Mullen suspended Watkins indefinitely from all team activities pending the outcome of the investigation.
He was released from the Alachua County jail Wednesday night on $40,000 bond.
Watkins, a former four-star prospect out of East Ridge High in Clermont, enrolled at Florida in June for the Summer B semester and was expected to contribute as a cornerback and on special teams.