Monday, July 2, 2012

As many as three Gator defensive line recruits could be denied admission

Top UF signee four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips denied admission to UF
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Four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips has been denied admission to the University of Florida, according to his stepfather, Damon Wilson.

"We were kind of blindsided," Wilson said Monday. "He did everything he needed to do to be cleared by the (NCAA) Clearing House, but now he's been told he doesn't have a scholarship to Florida.

"He's been cleared by the NCAA. He's academically eligible. But the admissions office says he can't enroll at Florida. If he can't get in there, we have to look at other places. He's got some offers out there. He's totally qualified (academically)."


Two other highly rated defensive line signees — Dante Fowler and Jonathan Bullard — also are dealing with academic issues and have not been cleared by the admissions office to enroll.

How big of a blow could this be? Pretty big--Florida pulled in a very highly ranked class last February, with Rivals ranking the Gators No. 3 in the country. Phillips was rated a four-star prospect, while Fowler and Bullard were blue chippers that garnered five stars. These three players were about as close to a cornerstone for the class as you could ask for.

More importantly, this was Will Muschamp's first full signing class and represent the kinds of players he wants in his defensive system. Former coach Urban Meyer didn't exactly leave the cupboard bare, but neither did he leave Muschamp with the raw materials the latter needs to develop his program.

Fortunately, it looks like the two blue chippers are likely to be cleared as they reportedly face lower hurdles than Phillips.