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Calvin Anderson (66) is down to four schools when it comes to his transfer, and Michigan is in the mix.

If Michigan hires Ed Warinner, he must make Rice T Calvin Anderson priority

Rachel Lenzi

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Someone from Michigan’s staff needs to make a final pitch to Rice tackle Calvin Anderson, who is pursuing a graduate transfer. Ed Warinner should be that someone.

The Wolverines need to bring in an experienced tackle to help the offensive line in 2018. If Michigan is serious in continuing its pursuit of Anderson, it needs to strengthen its working relationship with him, especially when the coaching staff is in transition.

Anderson has narrowed his transfer choices to four schools: Michigan, Texas, Auburn and Oklahoma.

“I give them all a 25 percent cut,” Anderson recently told FOX 26 News in Houston.

With his experience, Anderson can immediately step in and help Michigan. But will he even come to Michigan? This is where the Wolverines need a closer, particularly with Tim Drevno’s reported departure after three seasons as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

Anderson wants to go to the school that will best prepare him as a prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. Warinner, who is expected to become Michigan’s offensive line coach, has revamped offensive lines and sent players to the NFL. Most recently, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Ohio State center/guard Pat Elflein, in the third round last year.

Anderson built a strong bond with Drevno. Anderson also has built a strong working relationship with Matt Dudek, Michigan’s director of recruiting, who will help maintain that tie as Anderson makes his decision. Relationships are the essence of recruiting, whether it’s a high school senior or a graduate transfer looking for the best fit to propel himself to the NFL.

This is where Warinner needs to step in, quickly cultivate a relationship and make a strong pitch on behalf of the Wolverines.

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