I had been holding off on this until something official came from the university, but rising fifth-year cornerback Wayne Lyons is transferring from Stanford to Michigan and will play for the Wolverines this fall. He will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer. This had been rumored for a while, and cornerbacks coach Mike Zordich confirmed Lyons' pending arrival in an interview on Thursday.
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Just for fun, I thought I would draft up teams for the spring game. I had the idea of finding someone else to draft against . . . and then time got away from me. Michigan's coaching staff is drafting teams this coming Saturday, a week ahead of the April 4th contest between squads. So here, a day ahead of time, are the players I and me would draft.
Here are the rules:
Each team gets 25 players.
Each side of the ball must be filled out completely for both squads.
Players with known debilitating injuries or who are not on campus yet are not available for the draft.
Specialists are not available, since special teams will not be played in the spring game.
Rd. 1 for Magnus: Jourdan Lewis, CB. The hype on Jabrill Peppers is all just hypothetical for now, but Lewis had a breakout spring game last year and was Michigan's best defensive back during the 2014 season.
Rd. 1 for Thunder: Willie Henry, DT. With the recent poor play of the offensive line, I want an interior defensive lineman to wreak havoc.
Hit the jump for the other 24 rounds of the draft.
Paramus (NJ) Catholic defensive tackle Rashan Gary
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--------------- TRANSFER Blake O'Neill - P - Weber State: Quarterback Jake Rudock from Iowa visited last weekend, and now it's O'Neill's turn. O'Neill is a graduate transfer prospect who's a 6'2", 215 lb. punter. He averaged 44.1 yards/attempt last season and does not allow many returns. Sam Webb pronounced a "gut feeling" that O'Neill would end up at Michigan, so this visit may be just a formality.
2016 Cary Angeline - TE - Exton (PA) Downington East: Angeline is a 6'7", 230 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #9 tight end, and #213 overall. As a junior in 2014, he had 67 catches for 1,051 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Korey Banks - CB - Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek: Banks is a 6'0", 170 lb. prospect with offers from Arkansas State, Colorado State, and Miami-OH, among others. He's an unranked prospect at this point. He claims a 4.26 forty, and while that is almost surely a fib, he does have good speed.
Devin Bush, Jr. - LB - Hollywood (FL) Flanagan: Bush is a 6'0", 220 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, and UCLA, among others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #8 inside linebacker, and #249 overall. Bush is a Florida State legacy whose dad played safety for the Seminoles and is now Flanagan's head coach.
Hit the jump for several more 2016 prospects, as well as some 2017 and 2018 kids.
Houston (TX) Alief Elsik linebacker Dontavious Jackson
Michigan's spring game will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Jim Harbaugh has announced plans to draft up teams, which will take place this coming Saturday, March 28. Spring games usually attract a lot of prospects, and Michigan already has some good ones lined up to visit. The list will surely grow before next weekend.
2015 Keith Washington - CB - Prattville (AL) Prattville: Washington committed to Michigan on National Signing Day (LINK). At the time he had never visited Ann Arbor, but he took an official visit a couple weeks ago. Since that official visit already took place, it's unclear whether he will visit again for the spring game or not, but teammate Kingston Davis (below) will be in town.
2016 Chris Brown - S - Houston (TX) Alief Elsik: Brown is a 5'11", 183 lb. prospect with offers from Houston, Louisville, Michigan, Purdue, and others. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #56 safety, and #855 overall. As a junior in 2014, he had 45 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, and 5 pass breakups. He will be in town with teammate Dontavious Jackson (see below). Kingston Davis - RB - Prattville (AL) Prattville: Davis is a 6'1", 225 lb. prospect with offers from Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss, among others. He's a 247 Composite 3-star, the #3 fullback, and #981 overall. As a junior in 2014, he had 1,407 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to a state championship. The quarterback on his team was incoming freshman Keith Washington, who plans to play corner at Michigan. On a related note, Michigan will be holding a summer camp in Prattville, which will likely attract Davis and others from a pretty strong football area. Terrance Davis - OG - Hyattasville (MD) DeMatha: Davis is a 6'4", 305 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, and others. He's a 247 Composite 4-star, the #3 offensive guard, and #170 overall. [Side note: Former teammate, offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez, also holds a Michigan offer but transferred from DeMatha to Copperas Cove (TX) Copperas Cove in January.]
Hit the jump for several more prospects who will be in town.