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Floyd now looking at prep school

Linebacker signee Leonard Floyd of Dodge County (Ga.) High School is now saying he won't be at UGA this fall and must attend prep school in order to qualify academically.

Floyd told the Athens Banner-Herald on Wednesday that he received word Tuesday that the NCAA Clearinghouse had not approved an online course that had been previously red-flagged.

Without time to take the course again, Floyd's next step will be a prep school in the hopes of enrolling at UGA within the coming year.

"I'm disappointed," Floyd told the Banner-Herald, "but I know after this I should be up there."

Floyd retook prep classes in summer school in June, passed them and originally thought he had been approved as a qualifer, according to Ricky Collins, an assistant coach at Dodge County. Floyd had, in fact, held a send-off with friends and family at home and planned to move to Athens last week and begin second-session summer classes.

But per Collins, Floyd found out early last week that the Clearinghouse had flagged one of the summer courses and asked for additional information.

The process reportedly ended with the Clearinghouse not approving the course as a core credit, per what Floyd told the Banner-Herald.

Collins had said previously that Georgia Military College was an option that Floyd was considering if he didn't make it to UGA, but the prep school route appears to make more sense in his case, which deals with class credits.

Meanwhile, another UGA 2012 signee was delayed by his test score. Defensive lineman John Atkins of Thomson (Ga.) High School continues to wait for a ruling from the Clearinghouse after Atkins retook the ACT in June and fell slightly short of the score he needed.

UGA is examining options in Atkins' case, but unless something changes, it's likely that Atkins will not be cleared to enroll this fall either. That would send him to a prep school or a junior college as well.

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