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Updated at 10:55 p.m.
A pair of Florida Gators true freshman wide receivers were jailed overnight on two felony charges stemming from firing a BB gun outside a dorm on the campus of the University of Florida.
Four-star Tyrie Cleveland, Florida’s top-rated signee in 2016, and three-star Rick Wells were booked into a Alachua County Jail early Monday morning on identical felony offenses: second-degree for using a weapon (firing a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft) and third-degree for property damage (criminal mischief, $1,000 or more in damage).
Cleveland and Wells, both Jacksonville natives, were arrested for firing BB guns around the Keys Residential Complex. They were identified as the perpetrators by video.
The police report notes that three dorm windows were broken on July 15 at approximately 6:45 p.m., and an officer initially responded at 11:30 p.m. that night to assess the damage, prepare a report and begin his investigation.
After being identified and being read their Miranda rights early Monday, both Cleveland and Wells admitted to their actions on the spot and turned over their BB guns to the officer. They were taken into custody around 3:30 a.m.
“This is not behavior that we expect and as I often talk about there will be consequences for their actions,” head coach Jim McElwain said in a statement released before 2 p.m.
Update: Cleveland and Wells were released on their own recognizance without bail earlier in the day to George Wynn, Florida’s assistant athletic director for football operations. Based on an initial Alachua County Court search, neither is listed as having any prior legal issues on their record.
OnlyGators.com will update this story when more information is available.