DT Dante Phillips Denied Admission to Florida, May Consider Miami (Fla.)
John Peacock, Phillips' high school coach, said that decision is being appealed this week.
"I just think it was overall what was on his transcript," Peacock told the Orlando Sentinel. "He had a lot of classes he had to make up through virtual school."
His stepfather said that Phillips had also been cleared by the NCAA clearinghouse:
"He's been cleared by the NCAA. He's academically eligible. But the admissions office says he can't enroll at Florida. If he can't get in there, we have to look at other places. He's got some offers out there. He's totally qualified (academically).
In come the Miami Hurricanes, who are fighting hard to get Phillips on their roster. The in-state rival has offered him a full scholarship, pitching hard for him to join the ACC.
"As soon as (Muschamp) called me, I wrote about seven coaches on Facebook, but most of them haven't written me back yet," Phillips told ESPN's Derek Tyson. "Some of them have. Miami is one of the schools showing interest right now. They are fighting to get me in August, but I'm not sure.
"Now I'm just struggling to find a spot on somebody's roster," he continued. "I worked my butt off trying to get these offers, but now I can't even pick and choose where I want to go because it's so late in the process."
This is a huge blow to the Gators' football team, which doesn't possess they type of tackle Phillips brings to the table. He's a space-eating (6'5", 275 pounds), versatile thrasher that wreaks havoc in the backfield—Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd are great defenders, but are undersized and play hybrid roles.
Phillips was rated as a 4-star DT and the No. 110 prospect in the nation for the class of 2012. He originally committed to the Gators in October of 2010.
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