Incoming four-star Michigan linebacker Kellen Jones no longer enrolled; 3 others to miss season
Incoming four-star linebacker Kellen Jones no longer is enrolled at Michigan, an athletic department official confirmed today.
A reason for the departure was not given, although it could be addressed later this week during the Big Ten media days in Chicago.
Jones, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Houston who verbally committed to Michigan an hour after Greg Mattison was hired as defensive coordinator in January, was not included on the team’s official roster that was released Monday.
First-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke said earlier this year he did not expect to have any academic issues with the 2011 class.
Others who were omitted from the roster were running back Teric Jones, defensive tackle Terry Talbott and offensive lineman Christian Pace.
Those three will not play this year due to medical issues, the university official said.
Pace, a redshirt freshman, has undergone multiple knee surgeries since joining the Wolverines; Jones, a junior, sustained a season-ending knee injury Nov. 6 against Illinois last season; and Talbott, a sophomore, has battled back problems.
Jones not joining the team appears to clear room for a 2012 class of 22 recruits. The Wolverines currently are at 20 pledges for that class after the commitment of two-star Utah fullback Sione Houma on Monday. They also have one greyshirt commitment from Kentucky cornerback Jeremy Clark.
Hoke has said he plans to sign around 25 players. How space is cleared to accommodate five additional commitments remains unclear.