Kurt Taylor, Ex-Wolverine

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6Nov 2018
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Kurt Taylor, Ex-Wolverine

Redshirt freshman running back Kurt Taylor has decided to transfer from Michigan.

Listed at 5’8″, 195 lbs., Taylor had played some on special teams but had not played running back yet in his career. He had been passed by the obvious upperclassmen, but he had also been passed by walk-on Tru Wilson and true freshman Christian Turner. I gave Taylor a TTB Rating of 57 (LINK), so this development is on par with what I expected all along. The pathway to playing time at Michigan was going to be long and arduous. This should not affect Michigan on the field at all.

Taylor played at Covington (GA) Newton for most of his high school career, but he played his senior year at Loganville (GA) Grayson, a powerhouse program that has raised some eyebrows for its, er, alleged recruiting practices. Michigan currently has a commitment from 2019 Grayson product Trente Jones, an offensive tackle, so it may be something to watch to see if any bad blood might sour the relationship between Michigan and Grayson.

Taylor is the fifth player from the 2017 class to transfer (joining OT James Hudson, OG Ja’Raymond Hall, DT Deron Irving-Bey, LB Drew Singleton), and the sixth total to leave (DE Corey Malone-Hatcher took a medical scholarship).

5Nov 2018
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Denver Warren, Ex-Wolverine

Aurora (IL) West defensive tackle Denver Warren, a 2020 prospect, decommitted from Michigan on Monday morning. Warren has offers from much of the Big Ten (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, etc.) and 14 offers total, so he will find a landing spot. He’s a 4-star, the #24 defensive tackle, and #257 overall.

Warren committed to Michigan back in July (LINK), but he tweeted out on Monday morning that Michigan doesn’t have enough scholarship spots for defensive linemen in the 2020 class. I find that statement to be somewhat questionable, because I doubt the coaching staff knows with 100% certainty who will be playing defensive line for them in 2020. Players get hurt, players transfer, players get in trouble, players leave early for the NFL, etc. It will be interesting to see whether Michigan adds any defensive linemen (particularly defensive tackles) to the 2020 class between now and February of 2020.

Michigan is down to five commitments in the 2020 class: RB Tim Baldwin, WR Kalil Branham, TE Nick Patterson, LB Cornell Wheeler, and CB Andre Seldon.

22Oct 2018
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James Hudson, Ex-Wolverine

James Hudson

Redshirt freshman offensive tackle James Hudson has decided to move on from the Michigan football program.

Hudson was a class of 2017 recruit who was a 247 Composite 4-star, the #13 defensive tackle, and #231 overall. I gave him a TTB Rating of 85 (LINK). Hudson started off playing defensive tackle at Michigan, but he switched to the offensive side of the ball, which is where I saw him fitting best when he came out of high school. Rumors out of this summer were that Hudson was pushing Juwann Bushell-Beatty for a starting offensive tackle spot, but obviously he lost that battle and had only been playing backup snaps so far this year.

This is an unfortunate development for Michigan. I thought Hudson was going to be a good offensive tackle, but he probably needed some more time to develop. Michigan needs offensive tackles and can’t afford to lose the good ones it has. It’s somewhat baffling that an offensive tackle would leave at this point with Bushell-Beatty graduating this year and Jon Runyan, Jr. done after next year.

Michigan now has just 80 scholarship players on the roster (LINK), so with 11 seniors graduating, the 2019 class should be at least 16 players strong.

17Oct 2018
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Drew Singleton, Ex-Wolverine

Drew Singleton (image via TrendsMap)

Redshirt freshman linebacker Drew Singleton has been granted his release to transfer. Singleton came to Michigan in the 2017 class from Paramus (NJ) Catholic, the same school that sent Jabrill Peppers and Rashan Gary to the Wolverines. Singleton tore his ACL as a senior in high school, and he was not recovered enough to play by his freshman year of college.

I initially gave Singleton a TTB Rating of 83 (LINK), and I didn’t see a reason to change it since he tore his ACL. He entered college with a loaded linebacker class (Singleton, Josh Ross, Jordan Anthony, Ben Mason), which has been whittled down to two now that Singleton is transferring and Mason moved to fullback. Singleton was battling at WILL linebacker this season, but that job has mostly been split between Ross and junior Devin Gil.

Singleton’s career stat line at Michigan:

1 kickoff return for 5 yards

Michigan now has at least 15 scholarships open for the 2019 class (LINK).

20Aug 2018
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Deron Irving-Bey, Ex-Wolverine

Deron Irving-Bey

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Deron Irving-Bey is transferring out of the program and is headed to Central Michigan. Irving-Bey is a 6’5″, 274-pounder who was a 4-star, the #9 strongside end, and #249 overall in the class of 2017. He will join fellow 2017 recruit Ja’Raymond Hall, an offensive guard, at CMU.

I gave Irving-Bey a TTB Rating of 59 when he committed (LINK) and parked him at #69 in this year’s countdown (LINK). This transfer is not at all surprising, though I thought he would stick around for a couple years before transferring. Despite playing in the 2017 Army All-American Bowl, I thought he was overrated by the recruiting sites.

Michigan has now lost three commits from that 2017 class, including Hall, Irving-Bey, and defensive end Corey Malone-Hatcher, who medically retired.

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