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Linebacker recruit Kellen Jones no longer enrolled at Michigan
Angelique S. Chengelis/ The Detroit News
Last Updated: July 25. 2011 8:07PM
The Michigan football roster has been released and there are some noticeable absences.
Incoming freshman linebacker Kellen Jones from Houston and returning offensive lineman Christian Pace are not on the roster.
Meanwhile, senior receiver Darryl Stonum, who had been indefinitely suspended from the team by coach Brady Hoke, is on the roster.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Jones is rated the No. 12 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 29 inside linebacker by Rivals.com.
"He is no longer enrolled at the University of Michigan," a U-M football team official said Monday.
Pace, the U-M spokesman said, has a medical issue and is no longer on the team.
Stonum pleaded guilty last month in 15th District Court in Ann Arbor to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired. He was charged with operating a vehicle while visibly impaired in 2008 during his freshman year.
Who was the first college football team to wear the winged helmet that the Michigan Wolverines have made so famous?
The popular story is that it was Princeton, then Michigan that first wore winged helmets. This is false. Michigan State had a winged helmet first. The thing is, Michigan State wore gold and black for a 14 year period, a fact that has been pretty much forgotten. And during this time, which was 1933 to 1946, Michigan State wore a series of winged helmet designs. The Michigan State winged helmet came two years before Princeton’s winged helmet, and 5 years before the Michigan Wolverines’ winged helmet. [Note: Michigan State was an independent during this time period, and were not invited to join the "Big Nine" conference until 1948, and by that time they were back in green and white gear and no longer sporting winged helmets.
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EAST LANSING -- Scout.com is reporting MacGarrett Kings Jr., a running back/slot receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has verbally committed to the Michigan State football program as part of the 2012 class.
Kings, 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, is ranked by Scout.com and Rivals.com as a three-star recruit. Scout.com lists him as a running back, though he told Scout.com Michigan State plans to play him at slot receiver and sees him as a "Keshawn Martin type player."
Kings reportedly selected the Spartans over Louisville, West Virginia and Wisconsin after taking part in a MSU workout camp on Monday in East Lansing.
Kings, who scored 30 touchdowns in his junior season of high school, would give the Spartans 11 verbal commitments.
Conflicting reports are on recruiting websites with some reporting he wants to commit to the Spartans, but planned to return home and discuss it with his parents first.
If Kings joins the Spartans it would make consecutive years where the Spartans reached into Florida for receiving help. Juwan Caesar is part of the 2011 class.
Kings would also be the second receiver on the 2012 commitment list. Kyle Kerrick of Coatesville, Pa., previously said he planned to be a Spartan.
Michigan State will graduate three senior wide receivers after this season -- B.J. Cunningham, Martin and Keith Nichol.