The majority of Florida's 2015 football recruiting class has successfully made it to Gainesville and officially enrolled at the university. But with Florida's Summer B term approaching, there may yet be academic casualties, too.
The loss that seems most likely is that of Florida signee D'Anfernee McGriff, who was expected to struggle to qualify even as long ago as his National Signing Day announcement. McGriff, an athlete likely to play running back at the collegiate level, also signed with Eastern Arizona College, a two-year school, two weeks after signing with Florida. While hope remained that McGriff would eventually qualify this spring, it seems likely that he will head out west: Both The Gainesville Sun's Zach Abolverdi and 247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp are reporting that McGriff has neither arrived in Gainesville nor enrolled at UF.
If McGriff does in fact head to Eastern Arizona, Florida will likely need to re-recruit him at the end of his junior college career, and it would seem more likely than not that McGriff will never end up donning orange and blue. But there is a chance, as mentioned by Goldkamp, that McGriff could head to a prep school instead, with the goal of arriving in Gainesville at some point in 2016 in mind.
McGriff's academic status has been heavily rumored and lightly reported for months, though, and his failure to qualify would not register as a surprise. Goldkamp, though, is also reporting that two more Florida signees — defensive end Keivonnis Davis and tight end Camrin Knight — have yet to arrive in Gainesville, with the other 19 members of the class confirmed to be in town. Abolverdi listed both players as enrolled in his Wednesday night reporting on the subject, which lists every player but McGriff as enrolled — but enrolled doesn't mean "arrived." (Goldkamp quotes Davis as saying he encountered "some issues.")
Update, 7:20 p.m.: The Sun's Robbie Andreu reports that all three players have not arrived on campus, and while he writes that it is "uncertain" what is preventing Davis from enrolling, he has a little more background on Knight.
Knight is still awaiting a qualifying test scored and has not yet been cleared to enroll, according to a source. He took the test a few weeks ago and has not learned the result yet, according to sources.
Neither Davis nor Knight was expected to have trouble with qualifying on par with McGriff's, but it was whispered when he committed to Florida on National Signing Day that some of the reason Davis remained under the national recruiting radar — his recruitment hit warp speed over the last month of the recruiting cycle, as he flipped his commitment from Syracuse to Oregon State, then from the Beavers to the Gators — was his academic standing.
None of the three players would be likely to contribute right away for Florida this fall, with McGriff both the most likely to make a splash and still probably no better than the second-best running back in Florida's class, behind Jordan Scarlett, so any or all of them failing to matriculate at UF wouldn't rate as a major loss.
And while McGriff seems like a lost cause for the fall, there would still be an opportunity for both Davis and Knight to qualify for enrollement for the fall semester even if they miss Florida's Summer B term, which begins Monday, June 29.