It appears that former Michigan signee Demar Dorsey is headed to Louisville, but that's not official yet. The Cardinals have yet to receive any written word from Dorsey that he will be playing for them this season; Dorsey would sign a financial aid agreement rather than a letter of intent at this point.
Still, all signs point toward Dorsey coming to play for Charlie Strong, and that's good news for Louisville.
Of course, he does come with some baggage. Michigan released Dorsey from his letter of intent after he wasn't admitted to the school. He also had some legal issues in his past. He was arrested twice as a juvenile, gaining acquittal on a robbery with a deadly weapon charge and having another burglary charge dismissed.
But Strong should know all about Dorsey's character. The Fort Lauderdale native originally committed to Florida as a high school junior when Strong was the Gators' defensive coordinator. Strong has done his homework on Dorsey and apparently feels quite comfortable bringing him in. And remember that while Michigan didn't admit Dorsey, he qualified academically under NCAA standards and should have no problem getting cleared to play for Louisville.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety was rated as the 12th best player overall by ESPN's Scouts Inc. for the Class of 2010. That would obviously make him the highest-ranked player to enter the Big East this season. And better yet for the Cardinals, he fulfills a position of great need. The Louisville secondary had lots of holes this spring, and Dorsey could easily challenge for a starting spot right away.
Louisville has taken other players with baggage before, sometimes with great success (Nate Harris) and sometimes not (Willie Williams). Dorsey doesn't appear to have as many red flags as either of those two guys. And given Dorsey's prior relationship with Strong, this looks like a coup for the first-year Cardinals head coach, who continues to improve the talent on his roster dramatically.