canada africa partner reservation Michigan continues mine transfer portal for assistance: visits, offers, more

Michigan continues mine transfer portal for assistance: visits, offers, more

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Even though spring training is over, that doesn’t mean it’s quiet for everyone.

Michigan football coaches have been hard at work recruiting new players, both on the road visiting high school players and through the transfer portal, where more direct help can be added.

The Wolverines have already brought in a new kicker (Dominic Zvada, Arkansas State), a new wide receiver (CJ Charleston, Youngstown State) and brought back a familiar face (Amorion Walker, Ole Miss), but there are more prospects coming off the staff have heard.

In a few cases, they even received a scholarship offer.

We’ll start with defensive tackle, where Michigan appears to be most active in the transfer portal. Kent State CJ West received an offer on April 17, one day after entering the transfer portal, has since visited campus.

The 6-foot-1, 315-pound tackle would provide depth, likely backing up Mason Graham and Kenneth Grant. West will have one year of eligibility after playing his previous three seasons at Kent, where he recorded 50 tackles (seven for a loss) and a forced fumble in 2023.

West even has a knack for highlight plays against big-time opponents… a forced fumble and sack against UCF last season, four tackles and a sack against Georgia in 2022 and five tackles against Texas A&M in ’22.

He also played high school ball with JJ McCarthy at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Park, Illinois, and was recruited to Western Michigan by new Michigan defensive line coach Lou Esposito.

Central Florida quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) rushes past Kent State linebacker Khalib Johns (8), defensive lineman Marcus Winfield (11) and defensive lineman CJ West (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Thursday, August 31, 2023 , in Orlando, Florida (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Elsewhere, Michigan also has an offer for the defensive tackle from Grand Valley State Jay’viar Suggswho has reported as many as 40 offers since entering the portal on April 21. A native of Flint, Michigan, Suggs was a playmaker at the Division II level – tallying 21 tackles (seven for a loss), five sacks, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries in 2023. He has two more years of eligibility after signing with GVSU as an unranked prospect out of Clarkston High School.

Michigan has also reportedly arranged campus visits with Michigan State Security Jaden Mangham and Sacramento State Security Cameron Broussard.

Mangham, a Birmingham (Mich.) Groves graduate, would be a major coup for the Wolverines after losing starting safety Rod Moore to injury. He started 10 games for MSU and led the Spartans in interceptions (four) and pass breakups (seven) while making 53 total tackles last season.

Broussard, a first-team all-Big Sky safety at Sacramento State, recorded 73 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups at the FCS level last season. The Folsom, California, native has one year of eligibility remaining.

Other defensive backs in the portal to hear from Michigan:

• Texas cornerback Terrance Brookswho has received interest from more than two dozen schools since entering the transfer portal on April 23. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder is considered the second-best corner in the portal according to 247Sports and would give Michigan another option on the outside.

Last season at Texas, Brooks recorded 20 tackles, six pass deflections and three interceptions while earning honorable mention all-Big 12 honors. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

• Texas A&M safety Jacobi Mathews, who has heard from a dozen schools since entering the portal on April 16. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder made nine starts at Texas A&M last season, generating 42 tackles, five pass deflections and an interception. He is from Ponchatoula, La., and was high school teammates with returning Michigan recruit Amorion Walker.

The Wolverines don’t appear to be ready at receiver either, with Arizona State wide Elijah badger reported interest from Michigan in recent days, per On3. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Badger is considered the best available receiver in the transfer portal, according to industry rankings, after having 65 catches for 713 yards and three touchdowns in 2023. The Sacramento, California, native has one year in which you are still eligible.

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