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Miami the early favorite for ex-UF four-star signee

As noted by Ben earlier this week, defensive tackle Dante Phillips, a four-star member of Florida’s 2012 recruiting class, was unexpectedly denied admission to the school.  As a result, Phillips is once again fair game on the recruiting trail and, suffice to say, the talented lineman is not lacking suitors.

At the top of Phillips’ future to-do list — provided his appeal through UF channels is denied, of course — is another Florida school, with the player himself telling RebelGrove.com that at this point in time Miami is “the favorite more than most other schools because they’re in-state.”  In addition to the reciprocal interest from the Hurricanes, Phillips also said he has spoken to coaches at Ole Miss, and that the Rebels are “in my top 10 right now.”

As for other schools that interest the lineman, Phillips said he’s “waiting on a few more phone calls” from the likes of Alabama, LSU, USC and UCLA.

Phillips said he hopes to have a decision made shortly, and that the decision will be based on “a good coaching staff with some NFL reputation, a good DL coach and someone who can make me a tactician.”  Such factors would seem to indicate that the Tide and Tigers are very much in the mix.

Provided they give a player who was rated as the No. 9 DT in the Class of 2012 a call, of course.

(Photo credit: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

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9 Responses to “Miami the early favorite for ex-UF four-star signee”
  1. bertenheim says: Jul 4, 2012 3:59 PM

    The academics at Florida are very good. The academics at Miami, USC and UCLA are better. If he couldn’t get in at FLA, he likely won’t get into UCLA or a private university.

  2. atxcane says: Jul 4, 2012 5:08 PM

    If academics were really the reason he didn’t get into Florida, you’d expect to see Marshall, WVU, and Louisville on his go-to list.

    Miami could use more DTs, but I don’t know that his skill set is a good fit. He may look better on the opposite side of the ball. IIRC, he didn’t even visit Miami during recruitment, so who really knows how ‘mutual’ the interest is.

  3. canetic says: Jul 4, 2012 10:18 PM

    The University of Miami is the greatest place on earth. He would be wise to go there.

  4. steeler1nation says: Jul 4, 2012 10:59 PM

    what’s up with the NCAA sanctions about to hit this Miami program HARD?!?
    come on NCAA — let’s go already…
    yachts, hookers, cocaine, $$$, abortions, etc..
    These guys deserve a death penalty, and PSU desreves a double death penalty.
    leggo!

  5. acieu says: Jul 5, 2012 5:52 AM

    Should he also want to attend a school with good professors and an educational reputation or is it just about football?

  6. 35longmiles says: Jul 5, 2012 5:58 AM

    Cane fan continually harps about their superior academics. (it’s what you do when you are getting tooled on the field) This kid is being denied admission to a school that cane fan says is inferior, yet they will open their arms wide to Phillips. Hypocrites. Doesn’t matter as in the end he will go to a school that isn’t about to get destroyed (further?) by the NCAA

  7. rpmcanes says: Jul 5, 2012 8:42 AM

    what’s up with the NCAA sanctions about to hit this Miami program HARD?!?
    come on NCAA — let’s go already…
    yachts, hookers, cocaine, $$$, abortions, etc..
    These guys deserve a death penalty, and PSU desreves a double death penalty.
    leggo!

    If you’re referring to that wonderfully objective Yahoo article, about 90% of that has been proven to be bulls**t.
    State Penn is the only one deserving of the death penalty.

  8. grudenthediva says: Jul 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    Internet statistics = legit!

    Dante should just go to MDC and pretend to be a Cane like the majority of their “fanbase”

  9. canesfannowhate says: Jul 7, 2012 12:44 AM

    @grudenthediva Dante should just go to MDC and pretend to be a Cane like the majority of their “fanbase”

    Are you a canes fan? you seem to know alot about our fan base. if you knew anything you were talking about, i wanna say 90% of miami’s fanbase are adult men , and they are die hard fans.

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