Michigan lost out on graduate transfer Calvin Anderson as the former Rice left tackle chose Texas over the Wolverines, Auburn and Oklahoma on Saturday.
Anderson had a unique way of announcing his decision. In a video, the future Longhorn used a Rubik’s Cube to display the logo of each team he was considering. The final design was his destination.
— Calvin Anderson (@THE_CONDA25) March 10, 2018
Michigan began recruiting Anderson soon after he announced his intention to transfer for his fifth year of eligibility. Anderson was a three-year starter for the Owls after redshirting his freshman season.
He said that part of his desire to transfer was to improve his chances at being chosen in the 2019 NFL Draft. Anderson was a 2-star prospect when he was recruited out of high school in Austin, Texas, but has grown to be 6-foot-5, 300 pounds.
The Wolverines envisioned Anderson stepping into the starting left tackle role vacated by Mason Cole, who is preparing for the NFL draft. He is expected to play center or guard in the NFL, even though he started at left tackle for three of his four seasons at Michigan.
Grant Newsome hopes to return from a left knee injury suffered in 2016 but has yet to be cleared by doctors. The position will be open for competition. Redshirt freshman Chuck Filiaga was an U.S. Army All-American after his senior season in 2016. James Hudson switched from defensive line to offensive line last year as a freshman, while Andrew Stueber and Joel Honigford were also signed as part of the 2017 class. Freshman Jalen Mayfield played right tackle in high school but showed he’s capable of playing either side when he was asked to play left tackle during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
Anderson is the Wolverines’ latest missed opportunity in recruiting this year. Michigan did not sign any players ranked in the top 100 by the 247Sports composite, with several prospects choosing other teams despite the Wolverines being among the final contenders.
The departure of Tim Drevno as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach might have been a factor in Anderson choosing Texas. Drevno was the main recruiter of Anderson before resigning his duties.