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Florida recruit Dante Fowler, Jr., cleared by NCAA and preparing to arrive in Gainesville

Dante Fowler, Jr. had been packed for more than a week, but when classes began at Florida on Monday, he still wasn’t sure he had anywhere to go. But by late Monday afternoon, Fowler and his family were preparing for the trip to Gainesville.

The former Lakewood LB has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will enroll at Florida today.

“We feel ecstatic that he’s going to college,’’ Dante Fowler, Sr. said. “Coach (Will) Muschamp called, and coach (Dan) Quinn, the defensive coordinator called and everybody was excited. It was a stressful situation, going through this whole process – the recruiting and then going through the clearinghouse. But we’re relieved. God has been good to us.’’

Fowler, Sr., said the family planned to be in Gainesville by late Monday night. He said the situation had been so stressful that at one point Monday, his day off, he had to lie down and take a nap to get away from it all.

While the news was good for Fowler, Jr., other Florida recruits remain in limbo. The Gators are still awaiting word on Shelby, N.C. DT Jonathan Bullard as he awaits a Clearinghouse decision . But four-star DT Dante Phillips, of Venice, has been denied admission to Florida. His stepfather told The Gainesville Sun he had been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but denied admission to UF. Federal laws prohibit Florida officials from discussing Phillips’ academic status.

Florida’s other area recruits, TE Kent Taylor (Land O’ Lakes) and LB Jeremi Powell  (Pinellas Park) were both enrolled as of Monday, UF athletic officials confirmed.

[Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 5:56pm]


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