Signee loses UF admission appeal

Published: Monday, July 9, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 9, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.

Four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips has lost his appeal to the University of Florida admissions office and is looking to enroll in another school.

Phillips learned on June 28 that he'd been denied admission to UF, although he is considered academically eligible by the NCAA Clearing House. Phillips' stepfather, Damon Wilson, had hoped UF would reconsider, but the admissions office again has rejected part of Phillips' high school transcript.

Phillips said last week that if he could not get into Florida, he would like to end up at another SEC school. He also has expressed a strong interest in Miami, a school that nearly swayed him from UF late in the recruiting process last January.

“I'm really not sure what I'm going to do,” Phillips said Monday. “I'm going to take four visits and that's about it. I'll figure it out closer to August.”

Phillips said he will visit Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Miami and “one other big school in the SEC.” He would not name the SEC school, although he has been in contact with Ole Miss.

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