Jonathan Bullard is the last incoming freshman awaiting decisions by the NCAA and the University of Florida on whether he will be playing football in the “Swamp” next year.
Bullard is the third Gator commit on Monday to play the academic waiting game, as four-star DT Dante Phillips was denied acceptance into the University of Florida and five-star DE Dante Fowler Jr. was accepted into the university. Phillips, who was cleared by the NCAA but not Florida, will have to look elsewhere to attend, while Fowler Jr. will move on with the process of joining his fellow teammates who began summer classes on Monday.
Bullard was rated the best DE in the country according to rivals.com, and along with his five-star counterpart Fowler Jr. hope to terrorize SEC quarterbacks for the next four years.
At 6-4, 255 Bullard is more of a traditional end who can help in the run game as well as providing pressure on the quarterback. Fowler Jr.’s game is based more around his dynamic speed off the end and may also result in him getting some playing time at weak side linebacker.
According to Derek Tyson of ESPN, the NCAA is expected to clear Bullard as they did with Fowler Jr. leaving the last step in the academic process to the University of Florida officials.
As we saw earlier with their ruling on Dante Phillips, the University has its own academic standards and guidelines that differ from that of the NCAA.
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