Dante Phillips Commits To Tennessee After Being Denied Admission By Florida

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Derek Dooley of the Tennessee Volunteers walks the sidelines during the game against the LSU Tigers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dante Phillips' long, strange trip to the SEC is over: He's committed to Tennessee after being denied admission by Florida.

Dante Phillips was denied admission by the Florida Gators early in July, making him the only player in coach Will Muschamp's first full recruiting class to fail to academically qualify. But the Gators will still see him in the next few years: Phillips has committed to join the Tennessee Volunteers and will be eligible to play, according to Knoxville, Tenn., radio host Josh Ward.

Phillips was listed at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, but told Ward he weighs 330 pounds, and was rated a four-star defensive tackle by Rivals. He was part of a highly touted group of defensive line recruits at Florida that could have given Muschamp's front seven an infusion of size and talent, but despite an appeal, Phillips was not admitted to UF, leaving him to reopen his recruitment.

Phillips looked into the Miami Hurricanes before settling on Tennessee. Picking up Phillips is a nice get for Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, who also signed defensive tackles Daniel McCullers, a junior college prospect, and Danny O'Brien in the Vols' 2012 recruiting class.

For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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