Florida Gators sophomore defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, set to start at defensive end for the team in 2011, was declared ineligible by the University of Florida prior to Saturday’s season opener against the Florida Atlantic Owls.
The school released the following statement just before the game:
“We have declared Sharrif Floyd ineligible and he is not eligible to compete until his eligibility is reinstated the NCAA. We have been and will continue to work with the NCAA until this matter is resolved. This is an issue that is not related to sports agents, University of Florida boosters or his recruitment to Florida. We will not have any additional comment on this matter until it is resolved.”
A five-star high school prospect and one of the top players in the Gators’ stellar 2010 recruiting class, Floyd is expected to be a big-time contributor for Florida this fall.