April 7, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp during the second half of the Florida-Spring Game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Dante Phillips is not going to be a part of Florida's 2012 recruiting class, because he has been denied admission to the University of Florida.
That's the word from Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun, who says Phillips is now considering a slew of other schools, Miami and Ole Miss among them, and from ESPN's Derek Tyson, who has a few quotes from Phillips in an Insider article.
Phillips' stepfather also says that Phillips has been cleared by the NCAA:
"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)."
Andreu also says Phillips' denial is purely academic. There's a chance Phillips could get in after an appeal, but only a tiny chance. He's better served investigating other schools.
But what does it all mean, man? Hit the jump.
This is a blow to Florida, which doesn't have a huge space-eating defensive tackle — Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd are hybrids, and Damien Jacobs isn't quite Phillips-sized — and could have molded Phillips into one, but it's not nearly a massive blow.
There are more talented players on the line now and more talented ones in his class, and indications are that Dante Fowler and Jonathan Bullard, two of the latter, will both ultimately be admitted to Florida. Will Muschamp's Gators will survive a player most fans had forgotten about not matriculating; fans desperate for positive news should not take one minor bit of negative news as the first piece of the firmament falling.
After all: Last summer, I remember writing a lot of stories about a lot of arrests. This summer? Not so much.