UF freshmen begin to report


Published: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 25, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.

Jonathan Bullard's best friend and former/future teammate left for Gainesville without him Monday. But Bullard said he expects to catch up with Rhaheim Ledbetter sometime today.

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Jonathan Bullard plans to be in Gainesville this week. (Spartanburg Herald-Journal)

Bullard, a five-star defensive end from Shelby, N.C., said Florida officials gave him the go-ahead Monday to travel to Gainesville to enroll in Summer B classes this week with the 16 other incoming true freshmen who started making their way to campus Monday, along with Maryland transfer Max Garcia.

“I just got off the phone with UF and they said I've been cleared (academically) to enroll,” Bullard said. “I'll be heading down there tomorrow. I'm excited.”

Bullard needed a strong senior year in the classroom to have a chance to qualify academically. He said he made the grades and now is just waiting for final clearance from the NCAA Clearing House. He said he does not anticipate any problems, especially after talking with UF officials Monday morning.

“I feel good about everything,” he said.

Summer B classes start next Monday, but Bullard and the other freshmen (along with Garcia) are arriving on campus a few days early to take physicals and go through orientation. Many, according to their Twitter accounts, arrived Monday. The rest are scheduled in today.

The 17 freshmen and Garcia will start working out Monday with the rest of the team, including six early enrollees who are part of their recruiting class.

The Gators will begin preseason practice in early August and open the season Sept. 1 against Bowling Green.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or andreur@gvillesun.com. Also check out Andreu's blog at Gatorsports.com.

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