Michigan defensive back recruit Demar Dorsey has been released from his letter of intent after not being admitted to the school, his father said Wednesday, according to The Detroit News.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon confirmed that the university admissions office concluded that Dorsey won't be admitted.
Dorsey, the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit according to ESPN Recruiting, signed and returned papers Wednesday to Michigan that release him from the letter of intent he signed in February. Dorsey's high school coach, Mark James, told ESPN.com on Monday that Dorsey met NCAA qualifications to play football but didn't earn admittance to Michigan.
"I guess he didn't qualify to their standards," said Dorsey's father, Eddie Jackson, according to the report. "Admissions sent him a letter that they weren't going to admit him to the school and said to disregard the other letter [of intent] and [he] was free again to start looking at other options."
Dorsey's decision to sign with Michigan generated controversy because he twice was charged with felonies as a juvenile. He was acquitted of a charge of robbery with a deadly weapon in 2008, and an earlier burglary charge was dismissed.
James told ESPN.com that Dorsey's issues with his admission to Michigan may have stemmed from his previous legal transgressions.
Jackson said Michigan's coaching staff worked hard to try to get Dorsey into school, The Detroit News reported.
"The coaches did everything they possibly can," he said, according to the report. "Everything, I heard, came from admissions. My understanding was everything was good with his grades. He was doing his work in school, which he had slacked up on in the beginning. He started doing exactly what he needed to do."
The highly touted defensive back was one of the top players coach Rich Rodriguez signed in February. Michigan's secondary has struggled the past two years.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Dorsey was a star at Lauderdale Lakes High school.
Dorsey is a cousin of Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson. Michigan lured him away from his verbal commitment to the University of Florida. Southern California and Florida State also recruited him.
Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.