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Top recruit Avantae Williams dismissed from Miami Hurricanes after domestic violence arrest

NCAA Football: Miami at Pittsburgh
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 1 safety recruit in the Class of 2020, Avantae Williams was looking forward to his freshman season with the Miami Hurricanes.

Now, he’s facing some major legal issues after being arrested on domestic violence charges against a pregnant woman. According to multiple reports, Williams was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Wednesday and jailed on $10,000 bond.

The Hurricanes football program initially suspended Avantae Williams earlier on Thursday. But after learning more about the alleged incident, head coach Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes have opted to dismiss the young safety from the program.

Reports of the alleged incident between Williams and the unnamed woman are about as damning as it gets.

“The woman said she and Williams were arguing about his involvement with another woman when Williams said, When I return from practice, you need to be gone,'” ESPN noted in its report of the alleged incident.

“She was in her bedroom packing her things to leave when Williams returned from practice, the woman said. According to the report, Williams was angry that she was still in the residence, grabbed her by her hair and threw her onto the bed, grabbed her again and threw her to the ground, and then picked her up and threw her to the ground outside the residence, where she hit her head, before contacting a neighbor and calling 911.”

Williams, a consensus four-star recruit from DeLand, Fla., was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 safety by Rivals and ESPN in the Class of 2020. He sat out last season due to an unspecified medical issue.

(Field Level Media contributed to this report)