Barring a successful appeal with Florida’s admissions office, the Gators will have at least one signing casualty for 2012.
Four-star defensive tackle (Rivals.com) 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.