Finley doesn't make the grade, looks to January
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 9:26 p.m.
In a rarity in the Urban Meyer era at Florida, a true freshman has failed to meet academic eligibility requirements and will not be enrolling this summer or fall.
The casualty is Dee Finley, a top safety prospect from Auburn, Ala. Finley fell short of qualifying academically last week and is planning to attend Milford Prep in New York, with the hope of enrolling at UF in January.
Finley is only the second freshmen not to qualify academically in Meyer's four years at Florida. Of the 94 players Meyer has signed, 92 have made the grade. The only other academic casualty was tight end Brian Ellis from Daytona Beach Mainland. He signed with UF in Meyer's first year and ended up going to a junior college in California
Eleven true freshmen began classes for the Summer B semester earlier this week, joining 10 early enrollees from the 2008 freshman class.
Other than Finley, the only other true freshman not in class yet is Groveland South Lake tailback Jeff Demps, who competed in the 100-meter dash in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials this past weekend in Eugene, Ore. Demps could start classes late this week or early next week.
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