Hating Florida: It's not all Jean Shorts and Mullets

There's Ronnie Wilson

Remember Ronnie Wilson?

Meyer hasn't uttered those words [recruiting the top 1% of the top 1%] publicly in a while. That's probably appropriate, considering he has once again issued a practice jersey to Ronnie Wilson.

In April 2007 Wilson was a redshirt sophomore offensive guard from Pompano Beach, Fla., who seemed sure to win a starting job. Coaches loved his nasty streak. Then the nasty streak manifested itself off the field. Early on the morning of April 5, according to a Gainesville police report and Wilson's plea in court, the 6-foot-4, 315-pound Wilson punched and spat on an average-sized man named Frank Fuller at a nightclub steps from Florida Field. Fuller jumped in his car and followed Wilson, staying on the line with a 911 dispatcher so police would know where to find Wilson. About 20 minutes later, according to the report, Wilson's plea and a 911 call, both cars stopped in an empty parking lot. Wilson pulled an AK-47 from his trunk. As Fuller ducked beneath his steering wheel, Wilson pointed to the sky and fired.


An A.K. Freakin. 47.

Now, 16 months later, Wilson is back on the practice field as a walk-on defensive lineman. Top one percent of one percent indeed.

Automot Kalishnikova. The weapon of choice for the last 65 years in the Soviet Union and its succesor states; and in Ronnie Wilson. But hey the second chance worked out great:

According to the Gainesville Police Department incident report, Wilson became involved in a "verbal altercation over a female at a birthday party'', which was held at the Lexington Crossing apartments in Gainesville. Wilson allegedly hit one of the victims with a closed fist while inside the party.

According to the alleged victims, Wilson then followed them outside and confronted them in a breezeway near the apartment where the incident began. Wilson attempted to punch the victim again, the report says, but instead hit a second victim as she tried to step in between them; she suffered a broken wrist. Wilson then attempted to hit a third victim who came to assist the others. According to the report, the third alleged victim stated he "was in fear for his safety due to the size of the defendant.''

Wilson is listed on the UF roster as 6-foot-3, 309 pounds.

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