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Michigan getting Utah grad transfer
Defensive back Casey Hughes announced Monday afternoon that he has signed his paperwork as a grad transfer to Michigan from Utah. Hughes had announced his commitment to the Wolverines in January. He started 11 games at cornerback for the Utes in the 2017 season after being a special teams contributor for two seasons.
Officially signed! 📝Go Blue! 😎〽️
— Hughdini (@CaseyLive24) February 5, 2018
Michigan has not announced the transfer.
Michigan lacked experienced depth last season, something Hughes brings.
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Hughes suffered an undisclosed injury late last season and did not play in Utah’s victory against West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. He had 2 forced fumbles, 1 pass breakup and made 35 tackles last season.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Hughes was going to face stiff competition from returning players Julian Blackmon and Jaylon Johnson, but he’ll find the competition no less stringent with the Wolverines. They lost no one from the secondary to graduation, and cornerbacks David Long and Lavert Hill had excellent seasons in their first years as starters.
Sophomores Ambry Thomas and Benjamin St-Juste are expected to compete for more playing time. The Wolverines’ 2018 recruiting class includes five defensive backs. Cornerbacks Myles Sims, Ge’mon Green and Sammy Fausin as well as safety German Green signed in December. Cornerback Vincent Gray is a commit expected to sign his national letter of intent on Wednesday.
Decision time for top Michigan target
Otis Reese will announce his choice of school — expected to be Michigan or Georgia — at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday at Lee County (Ga.) High School.
Reese, a 4-star linebacker according to the 247Sports composite, has been committed to Michigan since June 18, 2016, but Georgia has aggressively pursued him for the last year. The Wolverines have a strong relationship with Reese, particularly safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Partridge and defensive coordinator Don Brown, but his choice is regarded as a toss-up by recruiting analysts.
Wednesday February 7th!! 10 am in the Lee County Auditorium!! The 2018 National Signing Day Press Conference!!
— The Rocker Lee (@rockerlee229) February 5, 2018
Reese is ranked No. 87 overall in the country and the No. 5 outside linebacker. Michigan is recruiting him to play viper, the hybrid linebacker/safety position in Brown’s scheme.
He visited Michigan on the weekend of Jan. 19 and was at Georgia the following weekend.
Reese is getting a lot of encouragement from fellow Michigan commits and other players already signed with the Wolverines. Commit Michael Barrett from Valdosta, Ga., was envisioning Reese in maize and blue. Sims, an early enrollee and fellow Georgian, gave Reese his recommendation of which school to pick.
— SPIDER (@simsmyles) February 4, 2018
Linebacker and 2018 signee Cameron McGrone agreed with Sims.
Defense Will Be Even More Deadly 〽️👀‼️ https://t.co/U2yoBcL9Pn
— Cam McGrone 💪🏽™️ (@McGrone_Strong) February 4, 2018
3 in-state recruits add to preferred walk-on list
Michigan has a few new preferred walk-on commits after the weekend. Kicker Jake Moody from Northville, offensive lineman Joey George from Walled Lake (Mich.), and quarterback Max Wittwer of Utica Eisenhower announced their intentions to join the Wolverines.
Thankful to announce that I have received an offer and am committing to the Michigan Wolverines. Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream!! #GoBlue 〽️ (PWO) pic.twitter.com/h3vwE5lc1p
— Max Wittwer (@MaxWittwer_) February 4, 2018
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