Antonio Kinard headed to prep school or junior college; Demar Dorsey signs with Louisville
Michigan has lost another member of its 2010 recruiting class to academics.
Jeff Whittaker, the coach at Youngstown (Ohio) Liberty, said Sunday that linebacker Antonio Kinard is weighing three options for this fall, playing football at prep schools Fork Union or Hargrave military academies, or signing with a junior college in Kansas.
"He’s looking at it like it’ll be his redshirt year," Whittaker said. "It just won’t be at the university and then he’ll be able to get it in order and finish this test and get back on track coming up."
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Kinard was considered a long shot to qualify when he signed with Michigan in February. At the time, Wolverines coach Rich Rodriguez said Kinard still had work to do in the classroom.
Whittaker said one holdup with Kinard's eligibility was passing a portion of the Ohio Graduation Tests, a requirement in the state of Ohio. Still, Kinard hopes to attend Michigan in 2011.
“T.K. loves the University of Michigan," Whittaker said. "The only goal in his life right now is to get through this and play at the University of Michigan. He’s had other Division I programs, which I’m not going to name, call him and want him to look at their universities. Big-time programs. They wanted to set him up with different schools and what not. His focus has not deviated one bit from the University of Michigan. He truly loves Coach Rodriguez and the University of Michigan."
Earlier this month, Michigan denied admission to defensive back Demar Dorsey over academic and off-field concerns.
Dorsey, the highest-ranked member of Michigan's 2010 class, was released from his letter of intent and committed to Louisville on Sunday, according to multiple reports.
Louisville head coach Charlie Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford helped recruit Dorsey to Florida, the school he originally committed to before signing with Michigan in February.
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