Test scores keep quarterback recruit Conelius Jones from qualifying to enroll at Michigan
Conelius Jones hoped to arrive in Ann Arbor this summer and join what the crowded competition for Michigan's starting quarterback job.
But after his SAT score fell 20 points short of qualifying, the Spartanburg (S.C.) High School standout will have to wait.
Jones will instead enroll at Fork Union Military School, his coach, Freddie Brown said Monday. But just because the timing of his planned enrollment at Michigan didn't work out the way he anticipated, Jones' allegiances remain with the Wolverines.
"He only wants to go to Michigan," Brown said. "He's not going to go anywhere except for Michigan, and so Michigan is going to get him back."
Brown is the third member of Michigan's recruiting class that won't enrolled as planned. Top recruit and star cornerback Demar Dorsey was not admitted into Michigan based on a decision made by the school's admissions department.
University officials declined to specify why Dorsey - who has since signed to play at Louisville - was not granted admission into Michigan.
Antonio Kinard, a linebacker from Youngstown, Ohio, also failed to qualify at Michigan and will enroll at either Fork Union or Hargrave Military Academy or a junior college in Kansas. Kinard was considered a long shot to qualify when he signed with Michigan back in February.
According to Brown, Jones went through a rough stretch with personal issues over the winter. Although he graduated with the rest of his class and maintained a 2.5 grade-point average, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Jones struggled with the SAT, which kept him from qualifying.
"It’s hard to project some guys (more than) others," Rodriguez told reporters recently at a football camp in Detroit. "There’s some guys that may have struggled to get in and they’re doing very well. Some guys that got in very easily are struggling. I don’t think there’s an exact science to it, but at the same time we’re moving forward with what we got and not looking back."
Brown said Jones is hoping to enroll at Michigan over the winter after spending a semester at Fork Union, where he'll attempt to boost his test scores.
"He's very disappointed - he tried hard," Brown said. "But he's always been motivated and this will motivate him. He's going to end up at Michigan - it just won't be when he had hoped to."
Jeff Arnold covers sports for AnnArbor.com and can be reached at (734) 623-2554 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeffreyparnold.