Watley was arrested and detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center with grand larceny charges of goods valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000.
Watley was a redshirt freshman for the Gamecocks who had a chance to step up and fill the void in the linebacker group for South Carolina in 2012. He was a 3-star recruit out of high school who was recruited by Marshall and Auburn before committing to the Gamecocks in the summer of 2010.
University policy states that any athlete arrested is suspended from all team-related activities. Watley will be suspended until further notice.
This isn't the first time Watley has been arrested, either; he was arrested in the summer of 2011 and charged with six counts of terroristic threats and acts.
And this is South Carolina's second football player to be arrested this year. In mid-January, Byron Jerideau was arrested in Columbia's Five Points.
It will be interesting to see what comes of the charges with Watley in regards to his potential football future. He's obviously a talented enough athlete to play major college football, but his troublesome past may push him to start over at a school other than South Carolina.
Hopefully Watley can get his issues in check, but it may be best for all parties for a fresh start here in the future.
Update: Watley was convicted as a youthful offender in December 2012 and the record was later expunged in 2018 after Watley completed a five-year period without another criminal conviction.