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Posted on Wed, May 16, 2012 : 2:41 p.m.

Report: Ex-Michigan five-star commit Demar Dorsey will play at Hawaii

By Nick Baumgardner

It appears Demar Dorsey is going tropical.

The former Michigan football five-star defensive back signee will reportedly continue his college football career with coach Norm Chow at Hawaii, according to CBS college football writer Bruce Feldman.

Feldman reported that Dorsey will arrive at Hawaii in July and the school will have to petition for immediate eligibility this fall.


Former Michigan recruit Demar Dorsey, shown during a Grand Rapids Community College practice last season, will reportedly continue his career at Hawaii.

Matt Gade | The Grand Rapids Press

Dorsey did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

The Florida native signed a national letter of intent to play at Michigan for former coach Rich Rodriguez in 2010, but was later released from the scholarship that summer -- ending his Wolverine career before it ever officially began.

Considered a borderline qualifier out of high school, Dorsey -- a cousin of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson -- was arrested three times as a youth, but was never convicted of a crime.

"The reasons behind that are really between the admissions office and this young man," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said of Dorsey's release at the time. "That’s about all I can say about it."

After leaving Michigan, Dorsey wound up at Grand Rapids Community college in 2011. The GRCC program was eventually canceled in January.

If Dorsey ends up at Hawaii, he'll join another former five-star Michigan recruit, Justin Turner, who ended up as part of Hawaii's recruiting class this past winter.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.



Thu, May 17, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

I'm curious to know if he has stayed out of trouble in GR, and how are his grades? He went there with the intention of coming to Michigan one day. If he has kept his nose clean, I wish him all the best!!


Thu, May 17, 2012 : 12:48 p.m.

Arrested three times with bad academic credentials, but still lands in the beautiful state of Hawaii for a few years... Athletically gifted teenagers get a lot of chances. I wish the best for him! Enjoy Hawaii and make a go of it, or the next stop on the trail back home to Florida is Canada!

Scott Laux

Wed, May 16, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

i wish him well. That was a case study in how not to run an athletic department. Tell the coach he can recruit him. Then when the coach offers him a scholarship and he accepts, tell him he doesn't meet Michigan standards. We are lucky Denard didn't transfer to support his cousin. There were a lot of bad decision made during Martin's tenure. This, not letting the past coach hire the DC he wanted, and not complying with federal and state law regarding handicapped access to bathrooms, when the renovated the big house- come to mind as some of the worst.


Sun, May 20, 2012 : 4:24 p.m.

Reality is that MSU has won 4 straight. 5 months from today will make it 5. There is NO THREAT!


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 9:42 p.m.

It's in the past, enjoy the future.


Fri, May 18, 2012 : 5:01 p.m.

No offense taken cooler king but Scott/Rufus- me is correct. Take the case of the $226 million renovation. Under the absurd claim that it wasn't a renovation (included replacing bleachers, widening of aisles, and individual seats, new press boxes, 87 new luxury suites, and 3200 new club seats) the university tried to not comply with the law. It was only a lawsuit by the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America -that forced them to comply with the law. I'm no liberal, but I expect my university to comply with the law without being forced into it with lawsuits. Call me a sentimentalist but I don't think paralyzed veterans or any handicapped people should be forced to soil and wet themselves if they want to go to a game. What arrogance to think my university doesn't have to obey the law of the land.

Steve McQueen

Thu, May 17, 2012 : 1 a.m.

Scott. No offense, but you are flat wrong with almost everything you allege above. Most of it is purely your opinion and you back it up with nothing. The most offensive thing you say, is implying that Rich Rod was hampered by "not being allowed to hire the DC he wanted" wow...nothing could be further from the truth. Keep talking though...maybe some day you will hit on something that actually happened in reality. No AA this is not a personal attack...however his statements are increasingly irrational and someone needs to put them in check.


Wed, May 16, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

Good luck kid and keep your nose clean. Opportunities like this are few and far between.