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Former Lakewood standout Fowler cleared to enroll at Florida

GAINESVILLE — Dante Fowler Jr. had been packed for more than a week, but when classes began Monday at Florida 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 defensive end was cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse and will enroll today at Florida.

"We feel ecstatic that he's going to college," said Dante Fowler Sr., adding that "everybody was excited'' when coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn called. "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.

Several other Florida recruits remain in limbo. Shelby, N.C., defensive tackle Jonathan Bullard is awaiting a Clearinghouse decision. Four-star defensive tackle Dante Phillips of Venice has been denied admission. His stepfather told the Gainesville Sun he had been cleared by the NCAA but denied admission to UF. Federal laws prohibit Florida officials from discussing Phillips' academic status.

Other area recruits, tight end Kent Taylor (Land O'Lakes) and linebacker Jeremi Powell (Pinellas Park), were enrolled as of Monday, UF officials confirmed.

Former Lakewood standout Fowler cleared to enroll at Florida 07/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 11:00pm]
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