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Four-star DT denied admission to Florida

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Barring a successful appeal with Florida’s admissions office, the Gators will have at least one signing casualty for 2012.

Four-star defensive tackle ( Dante Phillips has been denied admission to UF, according to The Gainsville Sun. The decision apparently comes as a shock to Phillips, who thought he was in good academic standing with the school.

“We were kind of blindsided,” Phillips’ stepfather, Damon Wilson, told the paper. “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).”

Phillips is already appealing the decision with the school, but Wilson said he doesn’t think it’s going to help.

Because of the nature of the situation, Florida could not comment on the matter.

Additionally, fellow D-lineman Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler have yet to enroll at UF as well, but they’re expected cleared by the NCAA soon.

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39 Responses to “Four-star DT denied admission to Florida”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jul 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    Finally, a school takes a stand regarding true STUDENT/ATHLETES. If you are not both, then don’t bother applying to U. of Florida. Congratulations to the Gators for enforcing their academic standards. Reminds me of Notre Dame! Two good academic schools.

  2. beedubyatoo says: Jul 2, 2012 1:52 PM

    Comparing Notre Dame and Florida as acdemic equals? Seriously?

    What’s next, Boise State and Harvard?

  3. jimmy53 says: Jul 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    Gamecocker– Denying one kid doesn’t make up for the embarrassment that were the players that Urban recruited under his watch. While I applaud this case, let’s not pretend UF is the prime example of student/athlete virtue. That’s a joke!

  4. zippyisanidiot says: Jul 2, 2012 1:58 PM

    UF had prolly oversigned, had to let someone go.,

  5. thegamecocker says: Jul 2, 2012 2:04 PM


    Well, maybe they decided to turn the corner. Urban left and part of the reason IMO had to do with the whole Cam Newton debacle among others as well. Florida is included as a AAU member which is fairly heady stuff. ND is there too. That is a sign of a strong academic environment. Now that organization is somewhat political and part of it is based on Research $$$’s coming in. But there are many schools not included in the AAU who have far great Research funding than some that are included. Like I said, there are some politics involved.

  6. mhalt99 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:08 PM

    Comparing Notre Dame and Florida as acdemic equals? Seriously?

    What’s next, Boise State and Harvard?

    Actually…………..Florida is a pretty good state university, especially considering it is state funded and has a lower cost. The research that they do is pretty good down there so I would say that Florida and Notre Dame are a pretty good schools to compare. Imagine if UF had access to the 14 billion or so that ND has in their coffers.

    As you seem to be attempting to make light of the academic comparison….Taking all of the above into consideration, comparing Notre Dame and Harvard would actually be funny. Don’t get me wrong, ND is a very good school, but considering their resources they should be academically elite as are much of the IVY’s……the reality is they aren’t even better than their rival USC….whose nickname was what again? the University of Spoiled Children? (v.good engineering school)

  7. florida727 says: Jul 2, 2012 2:21 PM

    If any of you think UF is not an academically top-tier school, try getting YOUR kid accepted into it. I have friends whose kids are 4.0 GPA kids, with very good SAT scores, and have been rejected by UF.

    BTW, their affiliation with Shands Hospital is, literally, world-renowned. Seven medical specialty programs at Shands are recognized as among the nation’s best according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings (cancer and children’s among them).

    Do a little research before making ignorant posts simply based on your sports rooting interest.

  8. overratedgators says: Jul 2, 2012 2:45 PM

    Poor kid tried to stick the star into the triangle hole on his Playskool Shape Sorter and failed the UF entrance exam.

  9. bfree2k says: Jul 2, 2012 3:18 PM

    Hey Mr. 4-star recruit, come on up to my school FSU. Almost anybody can get into the gold and garnett.

  10. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 2, 2012 3:33 PM

    You people cannot be serious. You a trying to hold nd and Florida in the same light academically? State any numbers that you want, you are reaching.

  11. orthomarine says: Jul 2, 2012 3:39 PM

    USF is right down 75….

  12. spviii says: Jul 2, 2012 3:50 PM

    In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Florida as the nineteenth best public university in the United States, and 58th overall among all national universities, public and private.
    In addition, the University of Florida was ranked 3rd in The Center’s “Top Public Research Universities.”. According to the 2011-2012 Top 50 Colleges and Universities in America published by The Best Colleges, UF is ranked 36th nationally.

    Not too shabby.

  13. microbrewuga says: Jul 2, 2012 4:55 PM

    I hate the English majors at UF….they think they are so much more gooder than us.

  14. atxcane says: Jul 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    UF didn’t oversign. Muschamp simply decided Phillips was no longer someone he wanted in this class. Phillips might have been a “just in case” Fowler or Bullard don’t get in, and fwih, both will be cleared soon.

  15. thraiderskin says: Jul 2, 2012 6:55 PM

    That really sucks for that kid… He got his academics up (atleast from what the article said) and he is now being told no? Who is UF kidding, you offered him a scholarship, now honor it. On the subject of academics… Florida is a very good school, plain and simple, but the academics of their student athletes are no where near ND’s student athletes, stop kidding yourselves. If I was an employer talking to two recent grads, one from UF the other from ND, niether one would have the academic advantage, the difference is too slight.

  16. godfatherd says: Jul 2, 2012 8:45 PM

    I love this back and forth between people who didn’t even go to these colleges. Just to clarify UF is #19 in the public university rankings in 2012 (US News) Coming in two spots behind Ohio State, proving once again that your universities ranking has nothing to do with how low they will sink to admit an athlete.

    Also, UF is definitely no Meeeeechigan, which comes in at #4 in those rankings.

    Muschamp probably doesn’t want this kid in his class anymore and is using admissions to keep himself from looking like the villain.

  17. ghengy says: Jul 2, 2012 9:08 PM

    This is a good example of what a jagoff Muschamps is….. how he hell do you turn away a kid you signed in February 0ne month before fall practice starts???

    Oh well, no matter. SEC schools will make hay out of this.

  18. rodster213 says: Jul 2, 2012 10:25 PM

    Welcome to The U(Miami) Mr. 4 Star.

  19. tuckfexas says: Jul 2, 2012 11:41 PM

    What do they do when you get rejected from an SEC school, send you back to 8th grade?

  20. grudenthediva says: Jul 3, 2012 12:53 AM

    “Hey Mr. 4-star recruit, come on up to my school FSU. Almost anybody can get into the gold and garnett.”

    Nice try, son. You either went to USF or barely made it through Santa Fe CC. And no thanks, I would not like fries with my order. Cheers.

  21. acieu says: Jul 3, 2012 4:25 AM

    Apply to Clemson they will admit anyone.

  22. norcalirish says: Jul 3, 2012 5:27 AM

    mhalt99: WRONG. The University of Notre Dame is in the top 20 schools in the nation according to USNEWS…usc is in the top 30.

  23. halo81 says: Jul 3, 2012 11:11 AM

    Also mhalt, Florida isn’t a state university. Seriously, remove head from rear end. Your entire post was nonsensical drivel that you just pulled from your rectum and flung at the message board.

    Both Miami and Florida are private universities. Florida State, Florida Atlantic … state universities. Don’t know about International, I’d have to fact check first.

    Something you should do.

  24. ragtag61 says: Jul 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    @halo81 – Florida is the flagship of the Florida University system. It is a state school. It is THE University of Florida – the name kind of gives away it’s state school status.

  25. 1938fedtax says: Jul 3, 2012 11:59 AM

    Fact check: UF is a state university. Actually the flagship university of Florida

  26. 1974gator says: Jul 3, 2012 12:00 PM

    halo81 = idiot

  27. tigersgeaux says: Jul 3, 2012 12:12 PM

    halo81: You post alot of things here on CFT which are complete garbage. You use abusive language to call other posters “head from rear end…nonsensical drivel” and other such accusations.

    My best friend, her husband, and her father are all graduates of THE University of Florida, THE Flagship University of the State of Florida University System, a public university, but don’t take alums word on it, don’t take my word on it, because you are an ass, just take this…

    State University System of Florida

    Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
    Tallahassee 32307

    Florida Atlantic University
    777 Glades Road
    P.O. Box 3091
    Boca Raton 33431

    Florida Gulf Coast University
    10501 Fgcu Blvd., S.
    Ft. Myers, 33965

    Florida International University
    Miami 33199

    Florida State University
    Tallahassee 32306

    New College of Florida
    5800 Bay Shore Road
    Sarasota 34243

    University of Central Florida
    4000 Central Florida Blvd.
    Orlando 32816

    Gainesville 32611

    University of North Florida
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32224

    University of South Florida
    4202 E. Fowler Avenue
    Tampa 33620

    University of West Florida
    11000 University Parkway
    Pensacola 32514

  28. pulpfictionado says: Jul 3, 2012 1:14 PM

    Where’s this kid from?

    Only SEC school I’d send my kid to is Vandy.

    “BTW, their affiliation with Shands Hospital …”

    Does UF even have remedial English? Subject/verb agreement ….

  29. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2012 3:36 PM


    Thanks for sharing which SEC school you would send your child to. Thankfully you are in the minority. You probably have never been in the South and have preconceived bias about this area of our country. This young man either did not qualify academically to attend THE U. of Florida or the football program over recruited. My sense is it was the former. In any event, if you are a good student, you can obtain a solid education at any SEC institution. Just curious which college you attended?

  30. rangenius says: Jul 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    Don’t compare FLorida to the pedophiles at Notre Dame please!

  31. 1990tiger says: Jul 3, 2012 3:52 PM

    thegamecocker says:

    In any event, if you are a good student, you can obtain a solid education at any SEC institution.

    Say what????? Are my eyes deceiving me? Who are you and what did you do with GC? :-)

  32. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2012 6:26 PM


    That’s correct. If Jay Cook could succeed Steven Jobs as Apple CEO, then he must have learned something while at Auburn. Being a fan of all things Apple, I hope he is successful by continuing to create and innovate.

  33. atxcane says: Jul 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    GC, the kid didn’t have any grade problems. He was never a bubble kid, the Florida program decided plain and simple they didn’t want him in the class anymore.

  34. thegamecocker says: Jul 3, 2012 7:11 PM

    @ atxcane

    If what you state is accurate, that is just horrible and not acceptable. What do you think the U of Fla should do? I think they should offer the young man an academic scholly and allow him to walk on if he so desires.

  35. atxcane says: Jul 4, 2012 3:05 AM

    TBH, he was kinda a tweener anyways: wants to play DT, but not suited for the position. There are rumors of attitude issues as well. As callous as it is, I think Florida was willing to take the chance on him when they thought they may lose another DL to grades, but when that recruit passed, Phillips became expendable.

    He’ll easily be taken in to USF or UCF. I doubt Miami or FSU takes him on (combination of attitude and depth). He’ll still get a ‘free’ education, just won’t have the high level NFL exposure.

  36. Rob Mc. says: Jul 5, 2012 9:28 AM

    This thread is like a perfect storm of smug and dumb, all at the same time. It’s great that a school draws the line academically and has high expectations — not belittling that at all — but it raises the very legitimate question of what has changed since signing day? He may have gotten poor grades his final grading period, but if poor grades in one period when he still graduated from high school and qualified academically (per NCAA) were enough to cause Florida to pull the offer, then his academic creds weren’t that hot to begin with. Can’t help but think this is a smokescreen and that something larger is at work here.

  37. cacophrastus says: Jul 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    If any school still stands for the concept of “student athlete” (other than the Ivys) it would be Notre Dame.
    The school graduates a higher percentage of its football players than my alma marytr, Northwestern U. There never has been a recruiting scandal at Notre Dame and the only hint of one was a too-eager employee of the athletic department who gave away some stuff to a few players.
    And I HATE Notre Dame.

    As for the SEC: A 1980s lawsuit against the University of Georgia found that since the school desegregated, only two of 285 Black athletes had been graduated.

    Oh, yeah: You guys who argue the relative academic merits of Universities? Don’t you have SpellCheck? Don’t you know what a red or green underline means? I have never seen so many typos and errors in syntax on any blog.

  38. dontcallmepete says: Jul 7, 2012 6:14 PM

    Oh, yeah: You guys who argue the relative academic merits of Universities? Don’t you have SpellCheck? Don’t you know what a red or green underline means? I have never seen so many typos and errors in syntax on any blog.
    Comparatively this is lame; I haven’t see where anyone was called a Yankee or written “Your a looser”

  39. chiefagc5675 says: Jul 9, 2012 7:44 PM

    It’s not hard to get into Florida- I was almost 40
    when I applied at the last minute- my time in the 40 was 7- so they jumped to get me.

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