Michigan's top recruit headed to Louisville

Demar Dorsey, the top-ranked prospect in Michigan's 2010 recruiting class, is headed to Louisville to play for the Cardinals next season. Denied admission to Michigan last week, the four-star defensive back visited Louisville this weekend and made a big decision about his future.

Demar Dorsey, the No. 19 safety prospect nationally, will play for Louisville this season. A huge late addition to Charlie Strong's first recruiting class, Dorsey visited UofL this weekend and says he'll play for the Cardinals this season.

"It's the beginning of a new era building up a program," Dorsey told InsideTheVille.com Saturday night. "[Louisville] has a great head coach in Charlie Strong and Coach [Vance] Bedford, who was recruiting me at Florida."

"I already knew about the coach but I wanted to learn more about the academics on my visit and I liked what I saw. And I liked the campus. So this will be my home for the next four years."

Dorsey, a 6-1, 178-pound safety from Lauderdale (FL) Boyd Anderson, committed to Florida last fall, but ended up signing with Michigan. Last week, Dorsey was denied admission at Michigan and released from his letter of intent, opening his recruiting process again. That led Dorsey, who also made official visits to USC and Florida before signing with the Wolverines, to Louisville.

"They say I have an opportunity to come right in and play but I have to work for it," Dorsey said. "I'm hoping I can come right in and make an impact. They just told me DB right now, they didn't tell me which position - corner or safety."

Though Dorsey was considered an academic risk when he signed with Michigan last winter, his dad, Eddie Jackson, recently told AnnArbor.com that his son finished high school with a 2.5 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT, making him academically eligible this coming season.


Demar Dorsey will play for UofL this season.
Jackson told the newspaper that Michigan "didn't give us no...solid reason" why Dorsey's admission was denied, though Jackson said he believed his sons troubled past played a role.

That past included an arrest for his part in a burglary when he was 16. Though he didn't serve jail time, Dorsey did undergo a diversion program for juvenile offenders.

"Truly, I feel that it probably (did play a part), but I'm not going to speculate or try to slander nobody," Jackson told AnnArbor.com. "But if it did, kids go through problems. Wrong place at the wrong time. You have to give a kid an opportunity to redeem himself. He hasn't been back in no trouble since the incident. The kid's been straight, he's been focusing doing everything he needs to do."

But Dorsey possesses blazing speed and is an elite talent who could start immediately for the Cardinals in the secondary. An Under Armour All-American, Dorsey has been laser time in 4.25 seconds in the forty.

Dorsey recorded 40 tackles and eight PBUs during his junior season. He was named a second-team All-American by USA Today and was ranked as the No. 75 player in Florida in the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100.

"[Dorsey] is athletic as any player in the country with his combination of great size, frame, speed, and first step quickness," said Scout.com analyst Scott Kennedy. "He's further ahead athletically than as a player. He can get caught turning the wrong way, has trouble getting off blocks, and is sloppy in his tackling form, but with the ball in his hands on returns and letting his instincts as an athlete takeover, he show's that he's special. Definition of an upside recruit."

Dorsey said he will enroll at UofL the first week of July.


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