Top UF football signees yet to report
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.
Three of the highest-rated players in the 2012 Florida recruiting class, all defensive linemen, have yet to arrive in Gainesville due to academic issues.
Five-star defensive ends Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler Jr. and four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips were not allowed to report this week with the rest of the incoming freshmen, who have already undergone orientation and will begin Summer B classes Monday.
Bullard and Fowler did not return phone messages Friday. Phillips was contacted, but hung up when he learned it was a reporter on the line.
A UF official said Friday the school would not comment on any incoming freshmen until classes begin Monday.
Fowler's father, however, posted on a Rivals.com message board Thursday night that his son would arrive in Gainesville on Monday. Dante Fowler Jr. had to finish an online course earlier this week that was expected to be graded and sent on to the NCAA academic clearinghouse.
Bullard said Monday his academics were in order and he'd been cleared by UF to report to Gainesville and register for classes. Bullard said he expected to be in Gainesville on Tuesday, but he never left his hometown of Shelby, N.C.
A source close to the situation told The Sun that Bullard has qualified academically, but that his paperwork was turned in late and he has not been cleared yet to enroll in classes.
A family member confirmed Bullard was still in Shelby on Friday, but would not comment on his status with UF.
If Bullard, Fowler and Phillips do not qualify academically, it would decimate the Gators' defensive line recruiting class, which was expected to provide much-needed depth along the defensive front.
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