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Aidan Hutchinson: ‘I’m looking forward to learning from him’
Count Aidan Hutchinson among those who were happy to hear that Chase Winovich will be returning to Michigan next season.
Winovich announced Wednesday on Twitter that he plans to use his fifth season of eligibility in 2018 and put any NFL plans on hold. That’s good news for the Wolverines, who will lose defensive tackle Mo Hurst and linebacker Mike McCray from a defense that ranked No. 3 in the nation in yards allowed per game (271.0). Michigan will retain two anchors at defensive end in Winovich and junior Rashan Gary.
Hutchinson is a 2018 signee and defensive end who has enjoyed watching Winovich and Gary play. He knew he was going to be Gary’s teammate, but Winovich coming back makes Hutchinson anticipate his freshman season even more.
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“I heard a few hours ago,” Hutchinson told Land of 10 in a text message. “It’s great having him back and it’s huge for the defense to have a returning starter with as much experience as him. It’s gonna be pretty cool playing with Chase and I’m looking forward to learning from him.”
Hutchinson is in San Antonio, Texas, this week participating in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl festivities. He and fellow 2018 Michigan signees Jalen Mayfield and Cameron McGrone are practicing for the all-star game that will be played on Saturday. He is one of three defensive ends the Wolverines have signed in 2018, along with Taylor Upshaw and Julius Welschof.
“Those who stay will be champions”
After much deliberation, I have decided to forego the NFL and come back to Michigan for one last season. It’s my absolute honor to represent this university for one more season after everything it has done for me. Time to work pic.twitter.com/l8pb1Z4Chq
— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) January 3, 2018
Michigan among suitors for top 2019 linebacker
The nation’s top-ranked inside linebacker in the 2019 class is interested in Michigan. Shane Lee of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore told Land of 10’s Tyler Donohue on Wednesday that he’s been receiving a lot of attention from Big Ten schools, including Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Lee was in Orlando for the Future 50 event as part of the Under Armour All-America Game.
Lee saw Michigan play twice in-person this season. He was at the Michigan-Ohio State game on Nov. 25, as well as when the Wolverines played at Penn State on Oct. 21. While the Wolverines lost both games, that’s not what he took away from them.
“Less about football, more about the community feel from Columbus and Ann Arbor,” Lee said. “It just really feels nice and welcoming, so I like that about them.”
Lee was a teammate of 2018 defensive end Eyabi Anoma at St. Frances. Michigan was pursuing Anoma before the nation’s No. 7-ranked player chose Alabama. St. Frances is coached by former Michigan staff assistant Biff Poggi.
Lee said he’s in no rush to make a decision.
“I think I want to take things slow,” Lee said. “It can get pretty hectic, so just [trying] to spread it out and take time. Me and my family will take our trips and try to give every team the respect they gave me.”
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