GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort, one of nine Florida players suspended indefinitely last summer for their involvement in credit card fraud, is withdrawing from the university, his mother confirmed.
Telfort, a 4-star offensive tackle in the 2017 recruiting class, was an early enrollee last year and went through spring practice with the Gators before being suspended in August.
“At this time, Kadeem is withdrawing from the University of Florida,” his mother, Gerta Telfort, said in a text message. “Kadeem and I will not be making any further comments until we deem it appropriate. Thank you for understanding.”
Telfort’s mother did not say where he might be looking to transfer to continue his college football career.
Trey Wallace of TheReadOptional.com first reported the news.
Seven of the nine Gators players facing recommended third-degree felony charges from the University of Florida Police Department for using stolen credit card information to make unauthorized purchases were offered pre-trial interventions that essentially amount to probation. If those players meet requirements laid out by the State Attorney’s Office, the recommended felony charges would be dismissed.
Telfort and defensive lineman Jordan Smith were not among that group of seven as they faced too many recommended charges — up to 30 in Telfort’s case for 13 counts of use of another person’s credit card without consent, 12 counts of fraud-illegal use of credit card, four counts of possession of a forged instrument, and one count for fraud/obtaining property for under $20,000.
Alachua County court records available online show that Telfort’s case remains open.
Telfort, from Miramar, Fla., was one of two offensive linemen the Gators signed last year and was ranked the No. 24 offensive tackle in the 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Among the other players suspended in the credit card fraud matter, former star wide receiver Antonio Callaway hired an agent and is pursuing the NFL.
There has been no announcement on the status of the other suspended players.
In late November, Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said he would have a role in the discussion about the players’ futures along with new football coach Dan Mullen once the process got past the university level.