The Florida Gators put a heavy emphasis on the defensive line during the 2012 recruiting cycle. That added focus paid off with the signings of Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler Jr. among others. Considered two of the nation’s top prospects, Rivals gave both five stars, ranking Bullard No. 6 overall and Fowler No. 28. Just outside of the Rivals100 was defensive tackle Dante Phillips coming in at No. 120. Unfortunately, at this point, none of the three have reported to Florida.
Bullard was one of the stars of the class and also one of the incoming freshman expected to contribute immediately. He’s the one we may not have to worry about. The latest reports have Bullard qualifying. He has completed the necessary coursework and should be with the Gators as soon as all of the necessary paperwork is where it needs to be. Take a sigh of relief Florida fans.
Fowler may not be far behind. Some say he could report as early as Monday, while others expect him to arrive later in the week. Whatever the case, it appears Fowler either has completed the necessary academic requirements or is about to. He should be in Gainesville soon, joining fellow five-star Bullard.
Phillips is the wild card because, well, we just don’t know. His status is up in the air and he’s the one we’ll have to continue to watch.
For now, there doesn’t seem to be too much to worry about, but just a situation to keep on eye on. All signs point to the positive for Bullard. Fowler should be close behind. Phillips is the question mark.