Demar Dorsey decision still a 'few weeks away,' Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez says
The Michigan football program is still awaiting word on whether blue-chip defensive-back recruit Demar Dorsey will make it to campus or not.
Dorsey, the top-rated prospect in Michigan’s 2010 class according to ESPN.com, signed a letter of intent with Fort Scott Community College earlier this year in case he was not admitted for academic or off-field reasons.
Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, speaking at the Big Ten’s spring meetings Monday, said the university is waiting on senior transcripts from most of its recruits and a decision on Dorsey is “probably another few weeks away.”
If Dorsey enrolls, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback could have an instant impact in Michigan’s secondary. The Wolverines are slated to start at least three new faces in their defensive backfield and have little depth at corner behind first-stringers Troy Woolfolk and J.T. Floyd.
If he qualifies academically but is not admitted to Michigan, Dorsey could sign with another Division I school.
Rodriguez was asked Monday what true freshmen he expects to be in the playing group this fall.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I really don’t.
“We’ve talked about it a little bit, but if you’re counting on them significantly it makes you really nervous You sign them with the expectation they will come in and compete, every one of them. But the areas where we’re thinnest probably are in the secondary and at defensive end, so you would expect maybe guys would come in and help there.”
And if one of Michigan’s top secondary recruits doesn’t enroll?
“We’ll be OK,” Rodriguez said. “Some of the moves we made in the spring gave us a little depth back there. If everybody gets healthy, which they should be by August, we should be alright.”
Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.