Fowler In, Phillips Denied

Fowler In, Phillips Denied

The academic uncertainty of three defensive linemen signees is starting to produce some answers. Dante Fowler got good news from Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Monday afternoon as he was cleared to show up in Gainesville. The news wasn't as positive for Dante Phillips.

Dante Fowler's clearance gives Florida another body at a position of need. After Ronald Powell tore his ACL during the spring, the Gators needed as many bodies as possible that could play the BUCK position. Fowler was recruited to play that spot and will have an opportunity for immediate playing time.

He received a call on Monday from Will Muschamp to inform him of the clearance. Fowler also said he would leave Monday night to make the trip to Gainesville and start getting settled.

The news about Dante Phillips wasn't as positive for Florida.

The four-star defensive lineman was the second commitment in the 2012 recruiting class. His verbal actually went to Urban Meyer and the previous coaching staff.

Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun reported early Monday afternoon that Phillips was cleared by the NCAA Clearing House to enroll, but it was Florida's admissions that wouldn't accept him.

Already through the NCAA hurdles, Phillips' father told Andreu that his son would begin looking at other major college football programs to play.

The Gators are still waiting for five-star defensive end Jonathan Bullard, the fourth-ranked defensive end in the country, to be cleared.

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