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Posted on Mon, May 17, 2010 : 7:22 p.m.

Demar Dorsey decision still a 'few weeks away,' Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez says

By Dave Birkett

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, 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 He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.


Sean T.

Wed, May 19, 2010 : 1:55 a.m.

I agree! It will be hard imagining him in Maize & Blue after this type of issue.


Tue, May 18, 2010 : 12:32 p.m.

I wish the kid the best of luck, but something tells me he will never see time in a Michigan uniform.


Tue, May 18, 2010 : 10:24 a.m.

rightmind250, good thinkun son we'll have RR teach em football and we'll have you teach em how to lern. Why with this combination the young man can't lose at least as far as RR's coaching. Whatever we do with this young man let's try to be fair. I don't think making jokes about a person is the direction we want to go and I apologize for making fun of you rightmind250 after all you have the same rights as this young man which is to be given a fair chance somewhere. I cannot make a judgement call on this young man I have never walked in his shoes and beyond that all I am is a fan and nothing more. I would love to see him play for Mich. and as long as he follows the rules he's entitled to respect and opportunity the same as you or I.


Tue, May 18, 2010 : 6:44 a.m.

BroncoJoe, every college lowers the standards for athletes. This is what Harbaugh was slammed for admitting. Take a look at most of the players on the football team. Over half of the are listed on the equivalent of special ed. This means tests can be taken orally. Not time limits, and many other helps like using notes for tests. Most of the ones who are in the category usually take a fly through major like Kinesiology or some other cake course. But every college does it. Even the high standards of michigan fall greatly to get a player like dorsey or whoever else they feel they need.


Tue, May 18, 2010 : 5:21 a.m.

When I first heard about this, I thought the issue was with qualifying academically through the NCAA. Is this about qualifying to get into Michigan? I don't understand that - I know friends of my kids that have been turned down with high 3 GPAs and an extracurricular resume that makes you wonder how they had time for school. Obviously all the players that come in are not 4-point GPAs, so they must have a lower bar for scholarship athletes. So if the bar is lower, is this a NCAA or UM issue? And if it is a UM issue, why is it an issue?

Baghdad Rod

Mon, May 17, 2010 : 10:08 p.m.

Everything is Fine! Dorsey kid come to Ann Arbor pick off bombs from Evil Pryor! Coach Rod is in Charge of the Michigan Football Nation!


Mon, May 17, 2010 : 9:45 p.m.

voiceofreason, after reading the title of the article, what's wrong with you not reading it? I read the title and, out of interest in the subject matter (UM football) chose to read it. If you're not interested, make the choice not to read it. Simple.


Mon, May 17, 2010 : 8:21 p.m.

Question for Mr. Birkett: Because the decision is still a "few weeks away", what's wrong with just waiting until there in an actual story to report here?

Terry Star21

Mon, May 17, 2010 : 8:08 p.m.

Sources 'will not' comment on Dorsey, which gives us a great chance of securing him. We'll play a 11-1 defense at first, with Dorsey in the secondary, then shift to a different scheme after running up the score. Looking forward to seeing Dorsey's energy this year - Heisman potential.


Mon, May 17, 2010 : 8:06 p.m.

They should go ahead and approve him. Heck, with RR's great teachun, he could lern the boy to be a scolar atlete.