Clemson University’s star wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested by college police and booked at the Clemson, S.C. jail early Friday morning, according to WSPA TV 7 (CBS – Spartanburg, S.C.)
According to the Clemson University police department, Watkins was charged with possession of a controlled substance (Adderall and Vyvanse) and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. The 18-year-old superstar was busted along with fellow 18-year-old Amadou-Tidiane Daniel Dia, a member of the Clemson men’s soccer team.
How’d it go down?
From the Clemson University police office:
The men were arrested when police stopped the car Watkins was driving after an officer saw it scrape against a curb on campus and because the temporary license tag was not illuminated. When the officer pulled the car over in a parking lot off Commons Court, he smelled marijuana. During a search he found marijuana and two pills for which Watkins did not have a prescription.
The men were arrested and taken to the Clemson City Jail. Watkins was released Friday morning on a $1,620 personal recognizance bond, and Dia was released on a $620 personal recognizance bond.
No word yet on how Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney plans to discipline Watkins. Also no word yet on what Watkins was doing driving a car with a temporary license tag.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Fort Myers, Florida native burst onto the college football scene in 2011 – catching 82 passes for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. Watkins also rushed for 231 yards and racked up 826 yards in kickoff returns.
In the process, he became the first Clemson freshman in history to win All-America honors.
Two days ago, the website Heismanpundit.com listed Watkins as one of eighteen “watch list” candidates for the 2012 Heisman Trophy Award.
Watkins’ arrest isn’t the first time he’s been linked to controversy. Three months ago, we reported on allegations that the family of an unnamed Clemson superstar – widely presumed to be Watkins – received improper benefits during the recruitment process from a Florida resort with ties to former Tigers’ assistant coach Brad Scott.