Several media outlets reported Tuesday that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh dismissed Norfleet from the program. Two of Norfleet's former high school coaches said the university has yet to make a final decision on the shifty, multipurpose athlete's future in Ann Arbor. Another source confirmed he has not been dismissed from the team at this point.
"There's no finality right now to what's going on," said Terel Patrick, an assistant at Detroit's Martin Luther King Jr. High School who is helping Norfleet sort through his options. "He didn't have the best semester academically. He's working through some issues right now. He's been suspended from team activities, but it's not final as far as his position."
A Michigan spokesman responded to questions about Norfleet's current standing with the team Tuesday by saying, "This is an internal matter."
Norfleet issued an apology on Instagram, saying that he has "no more tears to give."
I've been crying so much I have no more tears to give I just want to give an apology to all the Michigan fans and the Michigan alumni last but not least my team. We been through it all we all have the same goals that we want to reach but I've been talking to God everything is going to be alright for those who don't know what's going on... Trust me I will be okay things happen for reason #MajQr
Norfleet played wide receiver, running back and cornerback during his first three years at Michigan, but he made his biggest contributions on the field as a kick returner. His 938 kick return yards in 2013 rank second all-time in Michigan history. He also racked up 827 kick return yards as a true freshman, the third-best season in the Michigan record book.
Norfleet moved to cornerback midway through spring practice. Harbaugh said he expected that Norfleet could help the team on offense, defense and special teams in his senior season.
"From the first day he was pretty darn good [on defense]. I think you're going to look at the possibility of Dennis being a three-way player for us," Harbaugh said following the spring game. "I'm excited about that."
Patrick said Norfleet's main goal is to get a degree, and he hopes that it will come from Michigan. Norfleet is in the process of meeting with academic advisers at the university to see if that is still a viable option before determining his next step with football.
Norfleet has two years to use his final season of NCAA eligibility, which means he could transfer and finish his college career at another school if needed.