Raymond Cutts, UCF redshirt freshman, was arrested Monday by the Orlando Police Department and charged with carrying a concealed firearm and grand theft in the third degree, according to Orange County Clerk of Courts.
UPDATE: Knights247 has received the following statement from UCF football spokesperson John Heisler:
“UCF Athletics officials are aware of the matter involving Raymond Cutts and have no further comment as we learn additional details about the situation.”
As a true freshman, Cutts spent the year with the Knights’ scout team ultimately taking a redshirt after not appearing in any games for UCF.
Cutts was a member of the 2019 signing class after deciding to stay in Orlando. The local defensive end from Jones High School picked UCF over Clemson, Auburn, Baylor, UNC, and Maryland amongst others.
Coming out of Jones High School, Cutts was ranked as the No. 55 overall defensive end in the country and the No. 118 overall prospect in the state of Florida, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings. In high school, the 6-foot-2 260-pound defensive end helped lead his team to a 10-2 record in 2018 winning a District Championship and advancing to a regional semifinal.
After Cutts learned he would take a redshirt in 2019, he explained to the Orlando Sentinel he imagined his first season at UCF going differently.
“It’s not strange because I already knew what I was getting myself into,” Cutts told the Orlando Sentinel in October. “It’s just that … I felt like I was going to come in and make an impact early. Things work in different ways,” Cutts said. “I know it’s just a chance for me to get bigger and better than what I am now, so I’m gonna take advantage of it.”
While he felt that he could have an impact early on, Cutts told the Sentinel he still felt like he was “contributing to the team.”
“Every week, I go out there and give them a good look in practice. I love my team and I’m just gonna wait my turn until my name’s called,” Cutts told the Sentinel.
UCF head coach Josh Heupel has yet to comment on this matter.
Shai Werts and Quan Griffin, two Georgia Southern University football players, have been suspended from all football operations after being arrested earlier this week.
Lunsford said that Wertz was arrested Wednesday in Saluda, S.C. He was charged with speeding and misdemeanor possession of cocaine. A white powder substance on the hood vehicle tested positive for cocaine at the scene.
Werts is a redshirt junior from Clinton, S.C. He has started at quarterback the last two seasons.
Griffin was arrested Thursday in Florida in connection with a domestic incident. Griffin faces four felony charges including battery and burglary. In total, there are eight charges against Griffin.
Griffin is a junior from Glen Saint Mary, Fla. He played in all 13 games in the 2018 season.
East Carolina’s depth on defense took another hit when freshman Dorian Hardy, a reserve end, along with running back Tay Williams were arrested for resisting a public officer this week. They will not be active for the game against Temple, a team spokesman confirmed Wednesday night, but were not dismissed from the team.
Hardy, who has played in two out of four games and has one tackle, was removed from the travel roster for this weekend. Williams has not played this year and was already not on the travel roster.
Head coach Scottie Montgomery said Tuesday that reserve defensive backs Tim Irvin (conduct detrimental to the team) and Keyshawn Canady (seeking transfer) were no longer with the Pirates.
Hardy, an Elizabeth, N.J., native, was a highly touted prospect and verbally committed to Penn State before his recruitment got sidetracked when he reportedly was involved in a fight at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School. He signed with the Pirates in February.
Bronson Massie, a sophomore defensive end with the Kansas State football team, was arrested on a warrant for unpaid parking tickets early Thursday morning in Manhattan.
The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the sexual assault conviction of former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu, reversing a lower court that had ordered a new trial because jurors were not shown text messages between the accuser and a friend.
The Waco-based 10th Court of Appeals had tossed out the conviction, ruling that the trial judge improperly excluded several text messages that the accuser, a fellow student athlete identified in court documents as CW, sent to a friend in October 2013. Defense lawyers wanted to introduce into evidence texts sent prior to a message in which CW said Ukwuachu ““just raped me basically.”
A unanimous Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said the trial judge properly excluded the prior text messages.
The ruling — an opinion joined by four judges and two concurring opinions joined by the court’s five other judges — returns Ukwuachu’s case to the 10th Court of Appeals to consider other objections raised by the former football player.
Ukwuachu, a one-time All-American who transferred to Baylor, was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
This is a developing story.
East Carolina football defensive end Chandon Hickerson was charged with three misdemeanors last weekend.
The Greenville Police Department arrest report shows Hickerson was arrested Sunday at 5:41 a.m. on Greenville Boulevard and charged with resisting a public officer, reckless driving to endanger and failure at stop sign/flashing red light. He had a secured bond of $1,000.
An ECU football spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that head coach Scottie Montgomery has talked with Hickerson and is in the process of gathering additional information.
Hickerson made 15 total tackles in nine games as a freshman in 2017.
Keenan Williams, an Eastern Washington football player faces hit-and-run charges after crashing his truck into a Cheney apartment building, causing significant damage, then fleeing the scene.
Keenan Williams, 20, is under indefinite suspension from the team following the incident on the night of March 9 at the Eagle Point Apartments on Betz Road.
According to witnesses cited in a Cheney police report, Williams drove his Ford F-250 pickup truck into Building 17 at Eagle Point.
Because no one was injured, Williams faces misdemeanor charges of hit-and-run to unattended property.
At 8 a.m. the next day, Williams, accompanied by his father, turned himself in to police.
Officials at Greystar Property Management of Spokane, which owns Eagle Point, did not respond to messages regarding the extent of the damage, or whether the company plans to sue Williams for the cost of repairs.
At the scene, Cheney fire and police officials estimated that repairs to the building would cost at least $100,000.
Williams, who is from Cheney, is scheduled for a court appearance next week.
Eastern coach Aaron Best has suspended Williams, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end who’s going into his senior year. Williams started all 11 games last year for the Eagles and led all linemen with 55 tackles.
“We are aware of the incident and will cooperate fully with the investigation,” Best said in a statement released Tuesday.
“But until that is complete and the case is reviewed in accordance with EWU’s student conduct policies, Keenan has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” Best said.
TAMPA — For the second time in 10 days, USF football player LaDarrius Jackson has been charged with forcing a woman to have sex.
TAMPA — USF junior defensive end LaDarrius Jackson was arrested Monday night on charges of sexual battery and false imprisonment of another student at an on-campus residential hall.
Jackson, 22, was arrested by USF police around 10:30 p.m. at the USF police station, jail records show.