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It's not really a secret at this point that Michigan is looking for a receiver or two to supplement the current wide receiver corps. The Wolverines do not have a clear option to be the #1 guy for the upcoming season, and at this point, all current players are complementary at best. I mentioned a couple days ago that we would probably be hearing about some potential transfers soon, and Michael Spath from The Wolverine dropped a few receiver names today. I can say that only one of these players was a name I had heard connected to Michigan the other day, and this is the first time I've heard of A.J. Legree (Chris Gallon, Josh Grady, and Valdez Showers were all familiar to me from when they were high schoolers).
Here's a look at each of the potential transfers:
Chris Gallon - WR - Bowling Green State University: Gallon is a 6'4", 229 lb. wideout who is a cousin of former Wolverine wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. While Jeremy went to Apopka (FL) Apopka, Chris attended Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips, which produced players like Demetrius Hart (Alabama/Colorado State), Hasean Clinton-Dix (Alabama), Kenny Shaw (Florida State), and Trey Griffey (Arizona). Chris was a Rivals 3-star and the #65 wide receiver in the 2011 class. He redshirted as a freshman and then led the team with 54 catches, 720 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 2012. His last two seasons have been interrupted by injuries (24 catches, 232 yards, 2 touchdowns in 2013), including a total washout of 2014. Gallon is a big target without a lot of speed. On a mostly unrelated note, Gallon was at one time a teammate of former Michigan wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes at BGSU.
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Josh Grady - WR - Vanderbilt: Grady is a 6'0", 202 lb. player who attended Seffner (FL) Armwood, a powerhouse school in Florida that also produced running back Matt Jones (Florida), wide receiver Alvin Bailey (Florida), and safety Leon McQuay III (USC). Grady was a Rivals 3-star and the #45 athlete in the country. Grady arrived at Vanderbilt as a quarterback, moved to wide receiver, moved back to quarterback, and then returned to the receiver position. He has 7 career catches for 89 yards, all of which came as a redshirt freshman during that 2011 season. He has also completed 3/7 passes for 27 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, plus carrying the ball 11 times for 20 yards.
Alphonso "A.J." Legree - WR - USF: Legree was a Rivals 3-star coming out of Fort White (FL) Fort White in 2012, when he signed with Kentucky. He caught 12 passes for 113 yards as a true freshman. As a sophomore in 2013, he started two games and caught 7 passes for 97 yards, but he left Kentucky in the spring of 2014 to transfer to South Florida, where he had to sit out the year due to transfer rules. Now entering his fourth college season and listed at 6'1", 194 lbs., he is reportedly graduating and potentially looking for a new situation. South Florida head coach Willie Taggart is a former Jim Harbaugh assistant coach. UPDATE: Rivals says Legree is likely not an option since he will probably not have enough credits to graduate this summer.
Valdez Showers - WR - Florida: Showers is listed at 5'10", 188 lbs. Originally from Madison Heights (MI) Madison, Flowers spurned Michigan and Rich Rodriguez/Brady Hoke in the 2011 class to play corner at Florida. He was a Rivals 3-star and the #40 cornerback. He redshirted during his first year down in Gainesville, and he made 2 tackles playing special teams as a redshirt freshman. Going into 2013, he switched to running back/wide receiver for Will Muschamp. That season he ran the ball 12 times for 103 yards, and he also caught 18 passes for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. This past year he had 1 carry for -5 yards and 2 catches for 31 yards.
None of these names are particularly exciting, but that's the nature of grad transfers. Usually, these guys are transferring because they're not getting playing time and want some. (It's the same reason that Richard Ash, Josh Furman, Mike Jones, Thomas Rawls, etc. have left Michigan recently.) Some new names are likely to pop up, but here's my pecking order of these four guys:
1. Valdez Showers - Speedy, fairly experienced hometown kid.
2. A.J. Legree - Decent sized kid with fair combination of skills.
3. Chris Gallon - Big possession receiver whose body type and skill set are similar to players already on roster. History of knee injuries.
4. Josh Grady - Fairly inexperienced and largely unproductive.