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Rice T Calvin Anderson, left, met with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh earlier this year. Anderson will announce his transfer plans on Saturday and is considering Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas.

Why Michigan fits Rice T Calvin Anderson as a transfer destination — and why it doesn’t

Rachel Lenzi

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Marc A. Perna asks about the likelihood of Rice tackle Calvin Anderson joining the Wolverines as a graduate transfer. Anderson will announce his decision Saturday, and is considering Michigan, Auburn, Oklahoma and Texas as potential destinations.

Anderson said last month that he gives each school a 25-percent chance, so there is no front-runner.

Don’t rule out Anderson until he makes the final say. But here’s why Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound left tackle and a two-time honorable mention All-Conference USA selection at Rice, should choose the Wolverines.

Anderson will go to a program that annually produces NFL talent. He will work under the tutelage of new offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

The program offers Anderson a chance to immediately start. He told 247Sports in January that Michigan wants him to stay at left tackle.

“They think I can come in and be a legit starter and that’s what I want for this next year,” Anderson said.

Mason Cole’s graduation and departure to the NFL leaves a gaping hole on an offensive line that struggled to find its identity in 2017. Anderson would come in as the most experienced lineman, ahead of guard Ben Bredeson.

If Grant Newsome is again unable to play in 2018 because of a leg injury, Anderson would become the leading candidate to take over a spot that returns little experience. If Newsome is available to play in 2018 and Anderson comes to Michigan, that creates a glut at left tackle — but that’s a good thing. It gives Warinner personnel options.

But here’s where Michigan could fall short: Anderson will join (and likely start) on any of the offensive lines at Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Auburn. They all need an experienced tackle. Anderson’s point man at Michigan, offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, joined USC’s coaching staff this week, and the loss of that personal connection is a strike against the Wolverines. Furthermore, Anderson is a Texas native who could opt to stay in his home state, and he would work with Texas new co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Herb Hand.

Stay tuned on Saturday.

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