Ex-Wolverine Encyclopedia

Here is an accounting of ex-Michigan players who transferred, failed to qualify, or decommitted from the Wolverines.  The information is accurate to my knowledge, but any updates or corrections are welcome. 


Class of 2015
George Campell, Jr. - Wide receiver - Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake
Current status: Committed to Florida State

Chris Clark - Tight end - Avon (CT) Old Farms
Current status: Uncommitted

Shaun Crawford - Cornerback - Lakewood (OH) St. Edward's
Current status: Committed to Notre Dame

Damien Harris - Running back - Berea (KY) Madison Southern
Current status: Uncommitted

Darrin Kirkland, Jr. - Linebacker - Indianapolis (IN) Lawrence Central
Current status: Committed to Tennessee

Darian Roseboro - Defensive end - Lincolnton (NC) Lincolnton
Current status: Committed to North Carolina State

Garrett Taylor - Cornerback - Richmond (VA) St. Christopher's
Current status: Committed to Penn State

Michael Weber - Running back - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Current status: Committed to Ohio State

Class of 2014
Michael Ferns - Linebacker - St. Clairsville (OH) St. Clairsville

Denzel Ward
- Offensive tackle - Manatee (FL) IMG Academy
Ward committed to Michigan in October 2012.  A couple months later, he chose to move from Illinois to Florida without informing Michigan's coaching staff.  In January 2013 Michigan decided to part ways with Ward. He committed to Purdue only to decommit in December 2013. He ended up signing with Syracuse on National Signing Day 2014.
Current status: Signed with Syracuse

Class of 2013
Gareon Conley - Cornerback - Massillon (OH) Washington
Conley committed to Michigan in March 2012 as a largely unknown prospect, despite having a solid junior season.  A while after he committed to the Wolverines, the home state Buckeyes came calling with an offer.  Conley could have re-affirmed his pledge to Michigan, but something seemed fishy when he was holding off on visiting Ann Arbor and refusing to publicly acknowledge his commitment to Michigan.  He visited Ohio State for the game between the Wolverines and Buckeyes, then flipped to Ohio State in December 2013.
Current status: Redshirted as a freshman in 2013

Kyle Bosch - Offensive guard - Wheaton (IL) St. Francis

Class of 2012
Pharaoh Brown - Tight end - Lyndhurst (OH) Brush
Brown committed to Michigan as a defensive end prior to his senior season, but once the year finished, he decided that he would rather play tight end.  Michigan's coaches decided to allow him to play tight end, but he made a visit to Oregon that the coaches did not endorse.  Therefore, they did not see him as a Michigan commit and allowed him to explore his options. He committed to Oregon and had 2 catches for 42 yards as a freshman in 2012. As a sophomore in 2013, he caught 10 passes for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Current status: Junior tight end for Oregon

Ondre Pipkins - Defensive tackle - Kansas City (MO) Park Hill

Kaleb Ringer - Linebacker - Clayton (OH) Northmont
Ringer committed to Michigan in April 2011 and enrolled early in January 2012. He redshirted as a true freshman that year, and then left the team prior to the beginning of the 2013 season to transfer to Ferris State. As a redshirt freshman in 2013, he had 14 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in six games.
Current status: Redshirt sophomore linebacker for Ferris State

Caleb Stacey - Center - Cincinnati (OH) Oak Hills
Stacey was the second commitment of the class in spring 2011.  He stayed committed throughout the fall, but decommitted from the Wolverines in January 2012, saying he wanted to play closer to home.  Stacey left Cincinnati before his freshman season. He transferred to Mount St. Joseph prior to the 2013 season but left the team.
Current status: Unknown

Anthony Standifer - Cornerback - Crete (IL) Crete-Monee
Standifer committed to Michigan in the spring of 2011 and had a solid senior year, but shortly after his high school season finished, Standifer and Michigan parted ways.  Rumors swirled about academic performance and behavior, but regardless, he de-committed at the beginning of December 2011 and eventually committed to Ole Miss. Standifer made 3 tackles as a true freshman in 2012, then 3 more in 2013 before being dismissed from the team for unspecified rules violations.
Current status: Unknown

Class of 2011

Chris Barnett - Tight end - Hurst (TX) L.D. Bell
Barnett was an outstanding tight end coming out of high school.  He tore his ACL during his senior year and struggled to regain his playing shape.  When he arrived at Michigan in the summer of 2011 for his freshman season, he weighed 278 lbs.  By late August the distance from home, the summer classwork, and the required physical conditioning forced him to leave the program and re-evaluate his options.  He enrolled at a Texas JC, but has since left that program.
Current status: Unknown

Russell Bellomy - Quarterback - Arlington (TX) Martin

Greg Brown - Cornerback - Fremont (OH) Ross
Brown was the first commitment of the 2011 class after choosing the Wolverines in September of 2009.  He enrolled early in January 2011, but was one of those kids who was caught in the middle between Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.  Rodriguez recruited him, but he wasn't fired until January, when Brown was already on campus.  The cornerback received mixed reviews in spring practices and played sparingly on special teams at the beginning of the 2011 season, but decided to transfer mid-season.  He played sparingly for Findlay in 2012, then transferred to Iowa Central prior to the 2013 season.
Current status: Transferred to Iowa Central

Tamani Carter - Safety - Pickerington (OH) Central
Carter was the first player to commit to Brady Hoke after Hoke was hired in January 2011.  He redshirted as a true freshman and was suspended for part of spring practices in 2012 for a minor legal tiff, along with safety Josh Furman.  Carter left the team prior to fall 2012.
Current status: Unknown

Shawn Conway - Wide receiver - Birmingham (MI) Seaholm
Conway committed to Michigan in the spring of 2010.  However, it became clear that he would not qualify academically to be admitted to Michigan, so he attended Butte College in Chico, CA.  As a freshman he had 28 receptions and 7 touchdowns.
Current status: Unknown

Dallas Crawford - Cornerback - South Fort Myers (FL) South Forty Myers
Crawford was a stellar high school quarterback and safety that Rich Rodriguez and his staff recruited successfully.  Crawford committed to Michigan and the hope was that he could help recruit his high school teammate, star receiver Sammy Watkins.  But when the coaching staff was fired in early January, Crawford got cold feet and signed on to play for Miami, his childhood favorite.  Crawford redshirted as a freshman in 2011 and won the Scout Team Player of the Year for Defense. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he played running back, ran 6 times for 23 yards, and went 1/2 passing for 29 yards. In 2013 he carried the ball 137 times for 558 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus he caught 20 passes for 171 yards and 1 touchdown. In the spring of 2014 he switched to safety.
Current status: Redshirt junior safety for Miami

Jake Fisher - Offensive tackle - Traverse City (MI) West
Fisher was a 6'7", 260 lb. tight end in high school who was clearly headed for offensive tackle.  He was athletic and a good blocker.  Fisher committed to Michigan in summer 2010.  But when Rich Rodriguez was fired in January, Fisher started looking at other schools, unsure of whether he would fit in with new coach Brady Hoke's offensive system.  Despite several visits from Michigan coaches, Fisher chose the Oregon Ducks on National Signing Day.  Fisher played as a backup offensive tackle and guard in 13 games as a freshman, and was a starter for Oregon in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Current status: Expected to start as a senior in 2014

Matt Goudis - Kicker - West Hills (CA) Chaminade-Madonna
Goudis was offered by the Wolverines to shore up their kicking game, even though Michigan already had two scholarship kickers (Brendan Gibbons, Will Hagerup) on the roster.  Goudis flipped from being a Boise State commitment to a Wolverine.  Rumor has it that Goudis was expecting Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh to get the Michigan job, so when Brady Hoke was hired, Goudis changed his commitment again and became a Miami Hurricane.  He redshirted as a freshman in 2011 and sat on the bench in 2012. As a redshirt sophomore in 2013, he was 13/17 on field goals and 57/57 on extra points.
Current status: Redshirt junior kicker at Miami

Justice Hayes - Running back - Grand Blanc (MI) Grand Blanc

Kellen Jones - Linebacker - Houston (TX) St. Pius X
Jones was a solid recruit and seemed like a solid student and individual.  Throughout the coaching change from Rich Rodriguez to Brady Hoke, he stayed pretty strongly committed to the Wolverines.  He enrolled at the University of Michigan in June, but left the school in July for undisclosed reasons.  After transferring to Oklahoma, Jones played mostly special teams and made 9 total tackles as a true freshman in 2011.  When his freshman season ended, he decided to transfer again, this time to Clemson.
Current status: Does not appear on Clemson's roster

Tony Posada - Offensive guard - Tampa (FL) Plant
Posada committed to Rich Rodriguez and stuck with the program through the hiring of Brady Hoke in January.  However, he arrived in Ann Arbor weighing 340 lbs. and was vastly out of shape.  His departure was announced on August 22, only a couple weeks into his freshman season.
Current status: Out of football

Thomas Rawls - Running back - Flint (MI) Northern

Chris Rock - Defensive end - Columbus (OH) DeSales
Posada committed to Rich Rodriguez and stuck with the program through the hiring of Brady Hoke.  He redshirted as a true freshman in 2011 but departed in May 2012. Rock reappeared as a walk-on defensive tackle at Ohio State for the 2013 season but played in just one game.
Current status: Walk-on redshirt junior defensive tackle at Ohio State

Kevin Sousa - Quarterback - Orlando (FL) Lake Nona
Sousa was somewhat lightly recruited early in his career.  Having played soccer as a kid, Sousa first took up football as a sophomore in high school.  Furthermore, he was part of a fledgling program at Lake Nona High School, whose team performed poorly in its first seasons.  Sousa committed to Michigan in June 2010, but Michigan's coaches - under Rich Rodriguez - continued to recruit other quarterbacks, despite telling Sousa that he was their guy.  Sousa decommitted from Michigan and chose Wake Forest instead.  He redshirted as a freshman in 2011 and has not played during his time there.
Current status: Redshirt junior quarterback at Wake Forest

Class of 2010
Richard Ash - Defensive tackle - Pahokee (FL) Pahokee

Cullen Christian -
Cornerback - Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills
Christian pegged Michigan as his leader throughout much of the recruiting process, but it wasn't until November 2009 that he finally pulled the trigger publicly.  He was expected to compete for playing time in a depleted secondary, but found himself buried behind much less heralded recruits for his entire freshman year.  He played in 10 games as a freshman and made only 6 tackles.  After Rich Rodriguez was fired in favor of Brady Hoke, Christian gave it a go through spring practices.  Ultimately, he did not like his place on the depth chart and asked for his scholarship release papers on April 22, 2011. He transferred to Pitt and sat out the 2011 season due to transfer rules.
Current status: Expected to start at cornerback for Pitt this fall

Demar Dorsey - Cornerback - Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson
Dorsey committed to Michigan on National Signing Day, but was released from his Letter of Intent when Michigan's admissions department denied him entry.  Dorsey played the 2011 season at Grand Rapids Community College, whose program was dismantled after the season was finished.  Dorsey announced that he would transfer to Hawaii in May 2012 but does not appear on their fall roster.
Current status: Unknown

Tony Drake - Wide receiver - Dallas (TX) Skyline
Drake committed to Michigan in March 2009 and looked like Michigan's next tiny slot receiver.  However, the Wolverines stopped recruiting him (a tactic thought to be grade related) and he switched his commitment to Colorado State in January 2010, shortly before National Signing Day.  Drake played as a true freshman in 2010 at both WR and RB.  He had 6 receptions for 71 yards to go along with 7 rushing attempts for 89 yards and 1 touchdown.  He also averaged 24.3 yards an attempt on 29 kickoff returns.  Prior to the 2011 season, he was declared academically ineligible.
Current status: Academically ineligible to play at CSU

Josh Furman - Safety - Millersville (MD) Old Mill

Stephen Hopkins - Running back - Flower Mound (TX) Marcus
He left Michigan's football team after the 2012 season but received his degree before transferring to Tennessee State University. As a fifth year senior in 2014, he started five games at fullback and carried the ball 51 times for 222 yards and 1 touchdown, along with 3 catches for 22 yards.

Carvin Johnson - Safety - Metairie (LA) Rummel
Johnson committed to Michigan in late 2009 and arrived on campus in summer 2010.  He immediately earned a starting job at the hybrid safety/outside linebacker position . . . and immediately got injured.  He started 3 games in 2010, picking up 18 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup.  Relegated to a backup safety role in 2011, Johnson made 6 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 fumble recovery in the first half of the season.  However, he decided to transfer to Hampton after the midway part of the season.
Current status: Unknown

Conelius Jones - Quarterback/athlete - Spartanburg (SC) Spartanburg
Jones committed to Michigan after the Wolverines were the first team to offer him.  Due to some personal issues, Jones was a late bloomer on the football field.  He committed to Michigan to play quarterback, but with the ability to play QB, WR, or DB, he said he would play wherever Michigan wanted him.  However, he failed to qualify on time, and then dropped out of the prep school that was supposed to prepare him for enrollment at Michigan in January 2010.  He then enrolled at Marshall but has since left that school as well.
Current status: Unknown

Antonio Kinard - Linebacker - Youngstown (OH) Liberty
Kinard was an early commitment to Michigan as a tweener DE/OLB prospect.  However, he failed to qualify for admission to Michigan.  He enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in an effort to academically qualify and signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Miami as part of the Class of 2011.

Current status: Signed to play for Western Arizona Junior College

Ricardo Miller - Wide receiver - Ann Arbor (MI) Pioneer
Originally from Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips, Miller was an early commitment to Michigan as a wide receiver. He moved to Michigan for his senior year and joined the football team upon graduation, but he could never find a spot to contribute. He bounced from wide receiver to H-back and back to wideout, but none of the positions stuck. He left the football team after his third year in the program, graduated from Michigan, and transferred to UMass.
Current status: Will enter fall camp with UMass

Christian Pace - Center - Avon Lake (OH) Avon Lake
Pace committed to Michigan in the spring of 2009 and looked like a solid upcoming replacement for upperclassman David Molk.  However, during his freshman season, he suffered a shoulder injury that caused him prolonged problems.  There were rumors that his injury would be career-ending, but he participated in spring practices, playing mostly as a backup guard.  In the summer of 2011, though, he received a medical scholarship and left the program.
Current status: Taking classes at U of M

Jerald Robinson - Wide receiver - Canton (OH) South
Robinson committed to Michigan in February 2009.  He was destined to be a slow-ish possession receiver, but standing in his way were some work ethic issues that made him have to "earn his wings" from Rich Rodriguez as a freshman.  He redshirted in 2010, played sparingly in 2011, and then worked his way into the rotation at the beginning of the 2012 season.  He made 5 catches for 69 yards before deciding to leave the team mid-season.
Current status: Unknown

Marvin Robinson - Safety - Eagle Lake (FL) Lake Region

Davion Rogers - Linebacker/defensive end - Warren (OH) Harding
Rogers committed to Michigan late in the recruiting process, earning an offer from the Wolverines in the weeks leading up to Signing Day.  He was, however, an academic risk and rumored to be a potential casualty by the time fall rolled around.  Rogers showed up on campus and participated in fall practices, but disappeared from the program in September 2010.  Rogers transferred to Youngstown State University for 2011 and made 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception (returned 27 yards for a touchdown), and 5 pass breakups while also blocking 2 kicks.  He left YSU's program after the 2011 season.
Current status: Unknown

Terry Talbott - Defensive tackle - Huber Heights (OH) Wayne
Talbott, along with his younger brother Terrence (a cornerback), committed to Rich Rodriguez in August of 2009.  Terry was an undersized defensive tackle at less than 250 pounds and sat through an obviously necessary redshirt year.  In the spring of 2010, it was revealed that he was suffering from back issues that caused him to sit out spring practices.  Those troubles persisted and he left the program in July 2011 before his redshirt freshman year.
Current status: Unknown

Ray Vinopal
- Safety - Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney

Vinopal committed to Michigan on the same day his Cardinal Mooney high school team won their state championship.  As a true freshman in 2010, he earned the starting free safety job halfway through the season.  He ended the year with 33 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups.  However, he left the team in the offseason due to undisclosed personal reasons and transferred to Pitt, where he sat out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Current status: Expected to start at safety in 2012

Austin White - Running back - Livonia (MI) Stevenson
White committed to Michigan fairly early on in the process, bucking the family trend that sent his brothers to Michigan State.  Rumors were rampant upon his recruitment that he was a bit of a prima donna in high school and had personality clashes with school personnel at Stevenson High School.  He enrolled early in January 2010, but was seemingly "encouraged" to leave the program during August practices prior to his freshman season.  White enrolled at Central Michigan University in January 2010 and joined the football program, where he sat out the 2011 season.  White was kicked off the team in spring 2012 before ever playing a down of football. He then ended up at Western Iowa Community College, where had 460 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns in 2013. He transferred to D-II Fairmont State in West Virginia, where in 2014 White had 128 carries for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns, and he had 9 catches for 46 yards.
Current status: Listed as a senior running back for 2015

D.J. Williamson - Wide receiver - Warren (OH) Harding
Williamson committed to Michigan in March 2009 when, according to Rivals, he had no other offers.  Known as a kid with good speed and not much else, he seemed to be a bit of a reach that early.  He redshirted as a freshman in 2010 and did not play much in spring 2011.  He left Michigan after winter semester.
Current status: Unknown

Class of 2009
Shavodrick Beaver - Quarterback - Wichita Falls (TX) Rider
Beaver committed to Michigan in fall 2008, but decommitted in December and enrolled at Tulsa in January 2009.  As a freshman, he was 1/3 for 6 yards as a passer, and he carried the ball 27 times for 63 yards.  As a sophomore in 2010, he completed 4/6 passes for 62 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 interception; he also carried the ball 20 times for 102 yards and 1 TD.  Beaver transferred to Midwestern State in July 2011 after learning that he would be sitting out the season at Tulsa due to grade issues.
Current status: Transferred to Midwestern State

Isaiah Bell - Safety/linebacker - Youngstown (OH) Liberty
Bell committed to Michigan in March 2008 and entered college as a 6'1", 220-ish pound safety.  However, he added significant weight, and not the type of healthy weight to remain at safety.  Rich Rodriguez and staff moved him to middle linebacker, where he continued to languish.  When Brady Hoke was hired, the new staff experimented with Bell as a weakside defensive end.  Bell left the program prior to the 2011 season without ever playing in a game at Michigan.  He transferred to Lake Erie College, a Division II program; as a redshirt junior in 2012, he had 7 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
Current status: Playing at Lake Erie College

Vladimir Emilien - Safety - Lauderhill (FL) Plantation
Emilien came to Michigan after blowing out his knee prior to his senior season of football.  Several other teams backed off their scholarship offers, but Michigan stuck by him.  He played in five games on special teams as a true freshman.  As a sophomore in 2010, he played sparingly in the opener against UConn but then requested a transfer after Cameron Gordon was named the starter.  Emilien sat out the 2011 season due to transfer rules.
Current status: Expected to start at hybrid S/LB in 2012

Anthony Fera - Placekicker/punter - Cypress (TX) St. Pius X
Fera committed to Michigan in summer 2008.  He then changed his commitment to Penn State in fall 2008.  As a freshman, he redshirted.  In 2010 he averaged 41.4 yards per punt on 46 attempts.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he averaged 42 yards per punt and was 14/17 on field goals.  He transferred to Texas prior to the 2012 season after sanctions were levied against PSU.
Current status: Punter and placekicker for Texas

Tate Forcier - Quarterback - San Diego (CA) Scripps Ranch
Forcier was an early enrollee in January 2009, the first true quarterback prospect to arrive on campus since Rich Rodriguez's arrival.  He seized the starting job as a freshman and started all 12 games.  His most memorable game in a 5-7 season was against Notre Dame, in which he had a couple clutch touchdowns to finish off the Irish.  He finished the season 165-for-281 for 2,050 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions; he also gained 240 yards and had 3 touchdowns.  However, Forcier fell out of favor with the coaches in the off-season and was demoted for his sophomore year in 2010 in favor of Denard Robinson.  He played in 8 games and replaced an injured Robinson in the Illinois game, leading the team to a 67-65 victory in triple-overtime.  Forcier finished his sophomore season 54-for-84 for 597 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions; he also rushed 22 times for 51 yards and 1 touchdown.  He transferred to San Jose State University and sat out the 2011 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but left the school in January 2012 for academic reasons.  He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in spring 2012 but was cut from the team.
Current status: Unknown

Pearlie Graves - Defensive tackle - Tulsa (OK) East Central
Graves committed to Michigan in fall 2008.  He then changed his commitment to Texas Tech just before Signing Day.  He redshirted as a freshman.  As a redshirt freshman backup DT in 2010, Graves had 20 tackles, 2 sacks, and 4.5 tackles for loss.  Graves left the team in September 2011 due to undisclosed reasons.
Current status: Unknown

Mike Jones - Linebacker - Orlando (FL) Edgewater

Teric Jones
- Running back - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Jones committed to Michigan in spring 2008 and joined Detroit Cass Tech teammates William Campbell and Thomas Gordon in forming a trio from the same school in the class.  While Jones arrived on campus expecting to play slot receiver, he switched to cornerback in summer practices because of a shortage at the position and made 5 tackles throughout the year.  In fall 2010 he switched back to offense and ran the ball 3 times for 7 yards against Bowling Green.  However, he suffered a knee injury against Illinois and did not play again in 2010 or participate in spring practices in 2011.  He received a medical scholarship and left the team in summer 2011.
Current status: Remains a student at U of M

DeQuinta Jones - Defensive tackle - Bastrop (LA) Bastrop
Jones committed to Michigan in fall 2008.  He changed his commitment to Arkansas on National Signing Day in February 2009.  As a freshman, he started 3 games and finished with 24 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and 1 pass breakup.  As a sophomore, he made 38 tackles, .5 tackles for loss, and 2 forced fumbles.  As a junior, he made 19 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 sack.
Current status: Projected starting defensive tackle for Arkansas in 2012

Anthony Lalota - Defensive end - Princeton (NJ) Hun School
Lalota committed to Michigan as a 4-star defensive end prospect.  He learned the game of football late, having not joined his high school team until his junior year.  After bulking up from 235 lbs. as a freshman to 270 lbs. as a redshirt freshman, he was buried on the depth chart at DE.  He transferred to Rutgers prior to the 2010 season and sat out the year due to NCAA transfer rules.  The Scarlet Knights tried to make him an offensive lineman, at which point Lalota decided to quit the football team.
Current status: Career is presumably finished

Bryce McNeal - Wide receiver - Minneapolis (MN) Breck
McNeal committed to the Wolverines in early fall 2008 and was apparently recruiting other kids to come to Michigan.  However, he had a change of heart during the football season and ended up signing with Clemson in February 2009.  He redshirted as a freshman in 2009.  As a redshirt freshman in 2010, he had 19 catches for 187 yards; he also carried the ball 4 times for 7 yards.  He caught 1 pass for 8 yards early in 2011 but decided to transfer mid-season.  He transferred to UConn but is not currently on their roster.
Current status: Unknown

Kevin Newsome - Quarterback - Portsmouth (VA) Western Branch
Newsome committed to Michigan in summer 2008, despite previously insisting that he wanted to play in a pro-style offense.  He changed his commitment to Penn State in fall 2008 and enrolled early in January 2009.  He backed up senior Daryll Clark, completed 8/11 passes for 66 yards, and ran the ball 20 times for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns.  As a sophomore in 2010, he completed 6/13 passes for 78 yards.  He sat out the 2011 season due to transfer rules.
Current status: Backup quarterback at Temple

Dewayne Peace - Wide receiver/cornerback - Grand Prairie (TX) South Grand Prairie
Peace committed to Michigan in summer 2008, but as the recruiting process advanced, Michigan's coaches became insistent that he play cornerback.  Peace changed his commitment to Arizona in an effort to play his favored position, wide receiver.  He redshirted as a freshman and moved to cornerback in spring 2010.  Peace was arrested for aggravated assault during his freshman year and transferred to Blinn Junior College.  He then played the 2011 season at Houston, where he caught 13 passes for 108 yards.
Current status: Projected to start at Houston in 2012

Je'Ron Stokes - Wide receiver - Philadelphia (PA) Northeast
Stokes was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but struggled to work his way up the depth chart at Michigan.  He caught only 2 passes for 16 yards as a freshman in 2009 and 1 pass for 11 yards as a sophomore.  After being passed up by younger receivers, he chose to leave the program in August 2011.  He transferred to Bowling Green, where his younger brother Malik also plays.
Current status: Redshirt junior wide receiver at BGSU in 2012

Justin Turner - Cornerback - Massillon (OH) Washington
Turner was a 4-star cornerback from the same school as Shawn Crable.  He showed up late to camp as a freshman because of some NCAA Clearinghouse issues, and he was reportedly out of shape.  Still most Michigan fans assumed he would play in 2009, especially when starter Boubacar Cissoko was suspended (and eventually kicked off the team).  However, Turner remained on the bench for the entire season and redshirted.  He left Michigan prior to the 2010 season, after some reports indicated he had outgrown the position (listed at 6'2", 197 lbs.) and didn't have the necessary agility to play CB.  While sitting out the 2010 season at West Virginia, he then decided to transfer to a junior college in Ohio . . . but ended up at Scottsdale (AZ) Community College.  At Scottsdale he made 47 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 3 interceptions, 17 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Current status: Redshirt junior defensive back at Scottsdale CC in 2012

Adrian Witty - Cornerback - Deerfield Beach (FL) Deerfield Beach
Witty committed to Michigan on National Signing Day in 2009, along with teammate Denard Robinson.  However, Witty failed to qualify and spent a semester working to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse.  Michigan then denied him entry, but Head Coach Rich Rodriguez put in a good word with Cincinnati's coaches and Witty enrolled at Cincinnati in January 2010.  As a freshman in 2010, Witty had 1 tackle.  As a sophomore in 2011, he made 15 tackles, 1 pass breakup, and 1 forced fumble.
Current status: Projected to compete for starting job in 2012

Class of 2008
Boubacar Cissoko - Cornerback - Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Cissoko was an early commitment in 2007.  Highly recruited, he played extensively as a freshman in 2008.  A starter at the beginning of 2009, Cissoko made 16 tackles, 2 pass breakups, and 1 interception before being suspended and eventually kicked off the team for personal conduct issues.  Cissoko was then arrested for robbery charges that occurred after his football career ended.  He was released from jail and currently plays semi-pro football.
Current status: Semi-pro football player

Justin Feagin - Quarterback/wide receiver - Deerfield Beach (FL) American Heritage
Feagin was a late addition to the 2008 class, committing only after Rich Rodriguez was hired to replace Lloyd Carr.  He was a change-of-pace quarterback for Michigan in 2008, used exclusively as a rusher to the tune of 11 carries for 52 yards.  After the 2008 season, he was involved in charges that he was dealing drugs and was immediately dismissed from the team.  He transferred to Texas Southern University for the 2009 season and played wide receiver, catching 1 pass for 8 yards and rushing the ball 2 times for -4 yards.  Feagin then ended up at Glenville State (Rich Rodriguez's first coaching job), where he is playing quarterback and wide receiver; this season he has completed 49/109 passes for 643 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions; he has also run for 195 yards and 1 touchdown, along with catching 17 passes for 120 yards.
Current status: Playing at Glenville State

Taylor Hill - Linebacker - Youngstown (OH) Cardinal Mooney
Hill was also a late addition to the 2008 class, switching his commitment from West Virginia to Michigan in January 2008 after the Rodriguez hiring.  He entered fall camp but reportedly got homesick and transferred home to Youngstown State University.  After redshirting his freshman year, he made 65 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2009.  Hill was not on the 2010 Youngstown State roster and appears to be done with football.
Current status: Unknown

Sam McGuffie - Running back - Cypress (TX) Cy-Fair
McGuffie was a fall 2007 commitment to Michigan and one of Michigan's most hyped recruits of all time.  He was Michigan's starting running back early in the season, but suffered from concussion problems.  As a freshman, he ran the ball 118 times for 486 yards and 3 TDs; and made 19 catches for 175 yards for 1 touchdown.  Due to various personal issues, McGuffie transferred closer to home after the season and became a Rice Owl.  He sat out the 2009 season due to transfer rules.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2010, he had 197 carries for 883 yards and 6 TDs; he also caught 39 passes for 394 yards and 3 TDs.
Current status: Projected starting running back/slot receiver for Rice in 2012

Dann O'Neill - Offensive tackle - Grand Haven (MI) Grand Haven
O'Neill was a big-time in-state recruit who committed to Lloyd Carr's regime.  He stuck with Michigan through the coaching transition and redshirted during Rodriguez's first year.  However, his large frame and reported lack of work ethic forced caused him to transfer in summer 2009.  He ended up at Western Michigan but sat out the 2009 season due to transfer rules.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2010, O'Neill started 10 games for Western Michigan.
Current status: Starting right tackle for Western Michigan in 2012

Brandon Smith - Safety/linebacker - New Brunswick (NJ) New Brunswick
Smith redshirted as a true freshman safety in 2008, but struggled with playing in open space.  He made a short-lived move to linebacker in 2009 and contributed 14 tackles, 1 quarterback hurry, and 1 blocked punt.  He then transferred to Temple after the season, but never made the roster.  He enrolled at LA Pierce Junior College in 2011 and had 13 catches for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He is now playing wide receiver and safety at Rowan University in New Jersey.
Current status: Playing at Rowan University

Darryl Stonum - Wide receiver - Sugar Land (TX) Dulles
Stonum committed to Michigan in July of 2007 and remained committed despite the coaching change from Lloyd Carr to Rich Rodriguez.  However, Stonum had repeated run-ins with police due to multiple drunk driving arrests.  After playing through his true junior year, he was suspended for the 2011 season and took a redshirt with hopes of rehabbing and then returning to play his redshirt senior year in 2012.  Yet another run-in with the law got him kicked off the team, at which time he transferred to Baylor.  He finished his Michigan career with 76 receptions for 1,008 yards and 6 touchdowns; and 62 kickoff returns for 1,538 yards and 1 touchdown
Current status: Backup wide receiver at Baylor

Kurt Wermers - Offensive guard - Crown Point (IN) Crown Point
Wermers committed to Lloyd Carr's Wolverines in 2007 and stuck with Michigan for the first year of the transition to Head Coach Rich Rodriguez.  He redshirted as a freshman.  However, he transferred to Ball State in spring 2009, having been academically ineligible at Michigan.  He sat out the 2009 season due to NCAA transfer rules.  He is not listed on Ball State's 2010 roster.
Current status: Unknown

John Wienke - Quarterback - Tuscola (IA) Tuscola

Wienke committed to Lloyd Carr's Wolverines a year after touted recruit Ryan Mallett.  However, once Rodriguez was hired with his spread offense, Wienke quickly decommitted to Iowa.  He redshirted in 2008 as a freshman and did not see game action in 2009 as a redshirt freshman.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2010, he threw 1 incomplete pass.  He went 0/1 again in 2011, and that incompletion was intercepted. As a fifth year senior in 2012, he became a backup punter and kicked 14 times for 529 yards (37.8 yards/punt).
Current status as of 2015: His career is finished

Christian Wilson - Fullback/linebacker - Mckees Rocks (PA) Montour
Wilson committed to Lloyd Carr's Wolverines.  Carr had promised him a role as a tight end/H-back, much like former Wolverine Aaron Shea.  When Rodriguez took the helm in December 2007, he offered Wilson a chance to remain committed to Michigan, but only as a linebacker.  Rodriguez does not typically offer scholarships to fullbacks.  Wilson declined and chose North Carolina.  Wilson is listed as a running back, but plays an H-back role.  He caught 2 passes for 19 yards as a freshman in 2008 and followed that up with 5 catches for 30 yards in 2009.  As a junior in 2010, Wilson had 5 catches for 32 yards and 1 touchdown.
Current status: Listed as only H-back on roster at UNC

Marcus Witherspoon - Linebacker - Absecon (NJ) Holy Spirit
Witherspoon committed to Lloyd Carr and stuck with Michigan through the regime change.  However, after he arrived on campus in summer 2008, it was revealed that he would not be admitted to Michigan due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues.  Witherspoon chose to attend his home state college, Rutgers.  He redshirted in 2008 and didn't see the field in 2009.  After the 2009 season, Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano stated that Witherspoon would finish out the semester academically but would not continue his football career.
Current status: Unknown, but football career seems to be over

Class of 2007
Zion Babb - Wide receiver/cornerback - Alhambra (CA) Alhambra
Babb committed to the Wolverines as a speed-burning wide receiver, but bounced back and forth between receiver and cornerback in his two years at Michigan.  He redshirted as a freshman in 2007.  As a receiver in 2008 during Rich Rodriguez's first year, Babb caught 2 passes for 45 yards.  However, there were multiple behavior and attitude issues - including reported verbal altercations with coaches on the practice field - that forced the program to part ways with him.  He attended a junior college in 2009 and was reportedly considering transfers to Colorado and New Mexico, but does not appear on either team's 2010 roster.
Current status: Unknown

Artis Chambers - Safety/linebacker - Fort Wayne (IN) Snider
Chambers committed to the Wolverines as part of a seemingly excellent defensive back haul in 2007, joining Jerimy Finch and Donovan Warren.  Chambers played immediately, making 7 tackles as a freshman in 2007.  He added 4 tackles in 2008 while playing a linebacker/safety hybrid role, but left the team prior to the end of the season.  After the 2008 season, he announced a transfer to Ball State and sat out the 2009 campaign.  He is not on Ball State's 2010 roster.
Current status: Unknown

Toney Clemons - Wide receiver - New Kensington (PA) Valley
Clemons was part of a seemingly excellent wide receiver crew in 2007, joining Junior Hemingway and Zion Babb. He burned a redshirt for 1 catch and 5 yards a freshman in 2007.  With the arrival of Rich Rodriguez for the 2008 season, Clemons moved to slot receiver due to little or no depth behind freshman Martavious Odoms.  He caught 11 passes for 101 yards as a sophomore in 2008, but transferred to Colorado after the season.  He used that redshirt to sit out the 2009 season due to NCAA transfer rules.  As a redshirt junior in 2010, Clemons caught 43 passes for 482 yards and 3 TDs; he also rushed the ball 3 times for 17 yards.  He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Current status: On roster for Steelers

Marell Evans - Linebacker - Richmond (VA) Varina
Evans was a lightly recruited linebacker recruited from the same high school as running back Brandon Minor.  He burned his redshirt as a freshman in 2007 but failed to earn any tackles on special teams.  He started one game at linebacker in 2008, but quickly lost that job to John Thompson.  Evans finished the season with 4 tackles.  He sat out the 2009 season but signed with Hampton University in February 2010.
Current status: Returned to join Michigan's football team in spring 2011; projected starting linebacker

Jerimy Finch - Safety - Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central
Finch has had a very adventurous career so far.  He originally committed to Michigan.  Then he committed to Indiana.  Then he signed with Florida on National Signing Day.  He made 7 tackles and 1 interception before breaking his leg.  He then transferred to Indiana but didn't have to sit out the 2008 season.  Instead, he played for the Hoosiers and made 4 tackles.  In the 2009 season, he played sparingly and recovered 2 fumbles, but he didn't make a single tackle the entire season.
Current status: No longer on Indiana roster

Vince Helmuth - Fullback/defensive tackle - Saline (MI) Saline
Helmuth signed on to play fullback and saw immediate playing time under Lloyd Carr as a freshman in 2007.  He was strictly a blocker and special teamer.  He eventually outgrew the fullback position and switched to defensive line in the middle of the 2008 season, topping out at being a 291 lb. defensive tackle.  He chose to transfer to Miami-OH in 2009 and sat out the football season.  He is no longer listed on Miami-OH's roster.
Current status: Unknown

Avery Horn - Running back - Hanford (CA) Hanford
Horn was a small-ish, speedy running back.  He redshirted during the 2007 season and seemed like he would benefit from the conversion to the zone read option offense, being quick and shifty.  However, he never played a down of offensive football for Michigan.  As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he returned 5 kickoffs for 104 yards.  He transferred to Reedley College where he played running back in 2009.
Current status: Unknown

Ryan Mallett - Quarterback - Texarkana (TX) Texarkana
Mallett committed to Michigan early in the recruiting cycle, although reports are that he originally liked Arkansas.  The problem was that Arkansas already had a highly touted quarterback in Mitch Mustain.  Mallett backed up senior Chad Henne in 2007 and completed 61/141 passes for 892 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.  When Rich Rodriguez was hired, Mallett decided to transfer to Arkansas, after Mustain had taken flight to USC.  Mallett sat out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules and used his redshirt.  As a redshirt sophomore for Arkansas in 2009, Mallett started and completed 225/403 passes for 3,624 yards, 30 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.  As a redshirt junior in 2010, Mallett completed 266/411 passes for 3,869 yards, 32 TDs, and 12 INTs.
Current status: Drafted in the third round of 2011 NFL Draft by New England Patriots

Class of 2006

Justin Boren - Offensive guard - Pickerington (OH) North
Boren was the son of ex-Michigan linebacker Mike Boren.  He was born and bred to be a Wolverine.  Freshman offensive linemen are almost guaranteed to redshirt, but he played as a freshman, even starting when guard Rueben Riley was injured.  Boren was a solid starter for Michigan in 2007.  But when Lloyd Carr departed after the 2007 season and Rich Rodriguez was hired, Justin and his family butted heads with the new regime.  Some stories have suggested that Boren couldn't handle the physical requirements of the new strength and conditioning staff.  The story I believe to be true is that Lloyd Carr had promised to offer the Borens' younger son, Zach, a scholarship.  However, Zach was a fullback and Rich Rodriguez doesn't offer scholarships to fullbacks - he fills that position from walk-ons.  That perturbed the Borens enough to send Justin to Ohio State, the school that Zach would also attend.  Justin sat out the 2008 season and started at left guard for OSU in 2009.  Boren was named All-Big Ten in 2010 for Ohio STate
Current status: Graduating and entering the NFL Draft

Jason Kates - Defensive tackle - Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt
Kates was an oversized 4-star prospect coming out of high school at 6'2" and 324 lbs.  He redshirted in 2006, presumably to get into shape and add some muscle.  However, as far as I can tell, he never played a down for Michigan in 2007 or 2008.  By the end of 2008, it was announced that Kates had left the team.  From what I can glean, he remained at the University of Michigan to continue his studies but gave up on his football career.
Current status: Unknown

Cobrani Mixon - Linebacker - Cincinnati (OH) Colerain
Mixon was a 4-star inside linebacker who reportedly got tired of riding the bench early in his career.  After redshirting as a freshman in 2006, he transferred to Kent State University and sat out the 2007 season due to transfer rules.  He had 73 tackles and 2 sacks in 2008 as a redshirt sophomore.  By 2009 he was an All-MAC linebacker, racking up 108 tackles and 3 sacks.  As a senior in 2010, Mixon made 82 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, and 1 interception; he was also named a team captain and was named First Team All-MAC at linebacker.
Current status: Graduating and entering 2011 NFL Draft

Quintin Patilla - Linebacker - Flint (MI) Carman Ainsworth
Patilla was a 3-star linebacker prospect who moved to fullback at Michigan.  After redshirting as a freshman in 2006, he played sparingly as a fullback and on special teams in 2007.  Patilla transferred to Grand Valley State University prior to his redshirt sophomore season and did not play that year.  When he got to GVSU, he played defensive end at 6'3", 255 lbs.  However, I cannot find any stats for his 2009 season and he's not currently on GVSU's 2010 football roster.  I'm assuming his football career is over.
Current status: Unknown

Quintin Woods - Defensive end - Flint (MI) Southwestern
Woods was a 3-star defensive end who failed to qualify for admission to Michigan.  His original goal was to attend a junior college and work his way back to Michigan, but that opportunity never materialized (JUCO credits are notoriously difficult to transfer to Michigan).  Woods played two seasons of football at Bakersfield Community College in California, tallying 80 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks as a sophomore.  He then transferred to Kansas, where he made 4 tackles as a redshirt junior in 2009.  As a senior in 2010, Woods had 13 tackles.
Current status: Graduating from Kansas

Bryan Wright - Kicker - Salem (OH) Salem
Wright chose Michigan over Bowling Green State University (among others).  He redshirted in 2006, then played three seasons for Michigan (2007-2009).  Having suffered a back injury that limited his availability, he and Michigan's coaches chose to part ways after the 2009 season.  Because Wright already graduated, he was allowed to transfer without sitting out a season.
Current status: Placekicker and punter for Bowling Green State University

Class of 2005

Antonio Bass - Wide receiver - Jackson, MI
Bass was a nationally recruited wide receiver who came to Michigan in 2005.  He played as a true freshman, carrying the ball 19 times for 81 yards and catching 8 passes for 64 yards.  Having played quarterback in high school, he might have been a good candidate to play QB once Rich Rodriguez arrived prior to the 2008 season.  However, Bass suffered a catastrophic knee injury prior to 2006 spring practices and was unable to rehabilitate the injury to a point that would allow him to play football.  He took a medical scholarship and finished out his studies at the University of Michigan.
Current status: Unknown, but football career is over

Carson Butler - Tight end - Detroit, MI
Butler was a 3-star recruit who went largely unrecruited due to his interest in playing basketball at the next level.  However, Michigan took a flyer on him and he committed to the Wolverines.  After redshirting in 2005, Butler was an occasional starter over the next couple seasons.  He caught 19 passes for 166 yards and 1 touchdown in 2006.  And in 2007 Butler caught 20 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns, including an impressive 65-yard catch and run against Florida in the Capital One Bowl.  However, Butler was constantly in the doghouse, even after Rich Rodriguez replaced Lloyd Carr.  Butler lost his starting TE job early in his redshirt junior season and moved to defensive end; he finished the season with 2 catches for 17 yards, as well as 5 total tackles as a backup DE.  Butler left early for the 2009 NFL Draft but went undrafted.
Current status: Has not played an NFL game, but currently resides on Tennessee Titans practice squad

Jason Forcier - Quarterback - San Diego, CA
Forcier, the older brother of Tate (Class of 2009), arrived in the fall of 2005 as a bit of a departure from the standard mold of Michigan quarterbacks; he was more mobile and elusive than the standard 6'4" to 6'6", 220 lb. passer that seemed to gravitate toward Ann Arbor.  He redshirted in his first season on campus and was a backup quarterback on the 2006 team; he completed 3-of-3 passes for 30 yards.  With the arrival of highly touted freshman Ryan Mallett and still more competition in Steve Threet, Forcier transferred to Stanford and sat out the 2007 season due to transfer rules.  As a redshirt junior at Stanford in 2008, Forcier went 5-for-13 for 62 yards and 1 interception.  He tried to return to the University of Michigan in 2009 as a grad student and play for the Wolverines, but his attempts were unsuccessful.
Current status: As far as I know, Forcier currently lives and works in Ann Arbor, MI

Eugene Germany - Defensive end - Pomona, CA
Germany originally enrolled at USC in 2004 as a prospect at both the defensive end and defensive tackle positions, but quickly transferred to Michigan after being asked to greyshirt at USC.  After redshirting in 2005, he played in 8 of the 13 games in 2006 for the Wolverines.  But he got picked up for marijuana possession during the offseason, and Germany was kicked off the team and transferred to Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, CA.  As a redshirt sophomore in 2007, he talled 36 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, 3 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery.  He used that success to earn a scholarship at Arizona State University in 2008, but having failed to receive a degree at Mt. San Antonio College, he was unable to transfer.  Instead, he was ruled ineligible and sat out the 2008 season.  Germany then transferred to Central Washington for what amounted to his redshirt junior season in 2009, a season in which he garnered 37 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks.  In his final season of eligibility (2010), Germany's totals are 35 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.
Current status: Germany is currently preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft

James McKinney - Defensive tackle - Louisville, VA
McKinney committed to Michigan on National Signing Day in 2005.  He redshirted as a freshman but reportedly suffered a back injury.  He stuck with the team through his redshirt freshman year in 2006, but transferred to Louisville in 2007.  He never accrued any statistics for Michigan and, as far as I can tell, never saw game action for Louisville.
Current status: Unknown; football career is presumably over

Chris Richards - Cornerback - North Hills, CA
Richards committed to Michigan in the summer of 2004 and accepted plans to greyshirt his first year.  Shortly before National Signing Day in February 2005, however, he was offered by California and switched his commitment to Cal.  That was short-lived and he switched his commitment back to the Wolverines a couple days later.  He did not play in 2005.  As a redshirt freshman in 2006, he made 5 tackles and 1 pass breakup. Unfortunately, he ran into some legal trouble in the offseason and was kicked off the team prior to 2007.  As far as I know, he never resurfaced in the football world.
Current status: Unknown; football career is presumably over

Ryan Mundy - Safety - Pittsburgh, PA

Will Paul
- Tight end - St. Louis, MO

Jim Presley - Linebacker - Highland, MI

Clayton Richard - Quarterback - Lafayette, IN

Pat Sharrow - Center - Monroe, MI

Jeff Zuttah
- Offensive guard - Princeton, NJ
Zuttah committed to Michigan in December 2002 and was selected to play in the Army All-American Game, but he couldn't participate because it coincided with Michigan's orientation, since he was an early enrollee.  However, the doctors at Michigan refused to clear him to practice, citing his sickle cell anemia.  He transferred to Stanford, where he played two games in 2004, but he was unable to continue playing for long due to his illness.  He graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics.
Current status: Football career is over

Tom Berishaj - Offensive tackle - Sterling Heights, MI

Matt Gutierrez - Quarterback - Concord, CA

Larry Harrison - DT - Detroit, MI

Quinton McCoy - S - Chandler, AZ

Kevin Murphy - TE - Grand Rapids, MI

Pierre Rembert - RB - Cudahy, WI


  1. OK now I'm hooked. How about:
    Quinton Woods: 2006 LB/DE recruit who wound up at a JUCO and is now playing for Kansas.
    Marques Slocum: The well known saga of his struggle to gain admission; then the Facebook Fiasco; more academic problems and perhaps washing up on the shore of Barwis Island like a beached whale; left school after the 2008 season. Apparently wound up at Eastern Arizona and was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent this past April.
    Quintin Patilla: 2006 LB/FB had some legal problems and transfered to GVSU in 2008.

  2. Bryan Wright decided is doing some grad program at BG (playing football makes it free, obviously).

    should be weird to see him back in the big house this year

  3. I love this list. Thanks for doing it.

    Looking at the (long) list, it's interesting how few people from the Class of 2008 and earlier have done anything (2009 & 2010 folks, it's too soon to know). Certainly Mallett is a huge talent, but once Mustain left and there was a UM coaching change, he went back to his first choice. Boren's talent is missed, but that was a family issue, and really only possibly Mixon and Clemons (though we don't really need another WR) would have had an impact on this year's team.

    In short, it stinks we are losing these folks from an APR perspective, and wasting scholarships on people who shouldn't have gotten one in the first place, like Austin White, isn't good, from a talent perspective, we haven't lost much.

    Interestingly, I'm not sure Michigan is that different than at least a few other schools (Florida and Alabama come to mind) in numbers of transfers. I'm guessing we are certainly much higher than OSU (though that's just a guess), but I'd love to see an "Ex-Gator Encyclopedia" to see what happens elsewhere (not that I expect you to put that together!).

  4. Wasn't there a LB recruit named Barnes who de-committed in the 2009 class? I feel like he ended up at Ok. St perhaps?

  5. @ Anonymous 11:55 a.m.

    Yes, I can't believe I missed him. Jordan Barnes. He went to Oklahoma State, but he's no longer on the roster. I'm not sure where he is now. I'll put him up soon. Thanks for reminding me.

  6. Sweet idea.

    You mentioned Marquis Maze in a previous post but did not include him in the list here.


    Living down south, every time the Tide are on, he always seems to be making a significant contribution on the field.

  7. Vince Helmuth is still on the roster for Miami of Ohio.

    And Marell Evans is rumored to be trying to come back to UM and play football.

  8. @ Anonymous 1:31 p.m.

    Hmmm...interesting about Helmuth. Well, something fishy happened there. I checked at one point last year and he wasn't on the roster. But he's listed as a redshirt sophomore on the 2010 roster, which is a year off. He was recruited in 2007, meaning that he should have been a redshirt junior in 2010. So at some point, he must have taken a year off from school.

    Anyway, yes, Evans is rumored to be back at Michigan. Until something is officially announced (or he shows up on Michigan's roster), I'm going to leave him up on this page, though. I don't want to get ahead of myself.

  9. 73 Alex Mitchell OG 6-5 313 11/26/1985 JR* Bay City, MI (Central HS)

    He also never returned for his 5th year elgibility.

  10. Also, is this what happens when you have a "coaching and culture" change?

    Or is this what happens every year and you don't pay attention when your winning?

  11. @ Anonymous 1:58 p.m.

    Thanks for the heads up on Mitchell, but I'm not including guys who don't return for their fifth year of eligibility. If they play four years and/or get their degree, then I'm not really interested in why they left or what they're doing now. The scope of this page is just to keep track of kids who transferred or decommitted and kind of see what Michigan "missed out on," so to speak. In many cases, the answer is...not much.

  12. @ Anonymous 1:59 p.m.

    Michigan faced an abnormal amount of attrition when Rodriguez was hired to replace Carr. It was partly due to the cultural change, partly due to the scheme change, etc.

    There's a little attrition every year (guys giving up on football altogether, guys who can't hack it acadmically, guys who don't get along with the coach staff, etc.). It doesn't just happen when a team starts to lose.

  13. On Conelius Jones, he committed to Marshall. Not sure if he enrolled there or not.

  14. Can you explain why recruits were released after signing day due to not clearing admissions or NCAA clearing house? I cannot understand why UM would recurit an athlete and extend a scholarship offer without ensuring the kid meets clearing house and is pre-sreened by UM admissions. One would think given UMs acdemic reputation and extensive football recruiting experience, that UM would have the ability and common sense to pre-screen prospects for admissions as well as require and ensure that recruits meet NCAA clearing house before extending an offer and misleading a recruit into thinking they are in when in essence their recruiting process and future aspirations have been ruined if not destroyed.

  15. This is the last I've heard of Justin Feagin....


  16. Would love a recap of what happened to Nick Perry and Ronald Johnson as i didn't start following recruiting till recently

  17. @ Anonymous 6:24 p.m.

    Nick Perry and Ronald Johnson never committed to Michigan, so they don't really fall under the scope of this page.

  18. Marell Evans is now back on the team.

  19. @ Anonymous 3:59 p.m.

    Yeah...I don't know whether to remove Marell Evans or not. I've been debating for a few weeks.

  20. What ever happened to Roger Allison of Lake Orion C/O 2003? He committed and played for a year I believe. The only hint I found online was "neck injury"

  21. @ Anonymous 10:34 a.m.

    I'm not sure what the neck injury was, but that is true. He suffered some sort of neck injury and was gone by 2005.

    I don't remember ever seeing him on the field, and he never accrued any stats.

  22. I have an addition to the 2006 class: 5 star DT Marques Slocum. He was nuts, well, he probably still is.

  23. The Detroit Lions signed Cobrani Mixon as an undrafted free agent. Based on the depth chart, however, it is highly unlikely he makes the 53 man roster.

  24. You might add Johnny Sears, one of the few to later play against UM.

  25. what about rb justin fargas years back. he left michigan for usc

  26. Former walk-on Nader Furrha is playing at Morgan State.

  27. Does anyone remember who the running back recruit (I believe #1 in state, Mi) around early to mid 2000's who was caught at a house with guns and drugs and kicked off the team, or had his commitment revoked? Does anyone remember this guy?

  28. cwood-
    I remember Fargas. He broke his leg (compound fracture) in mop-up duty against Wisconsin right in front of where I was sitting. Came back and was moved to CB, then transferred. I think he then beat us in a Rose Bowl.

  29. @ Anonymous 3:00 p.m.

    That was Kelly Baraka.

  30. @ Anonymous 3:04 p.m.

    Fargas moved to safety, not cornerback.

  31. Jordan Barnes transfered from OK State to a JUCO and is now on Toledo's roster.


    1. Now he is playing for the Chicago Rush of The Arena Football League. He has 2 INTs in 5 games.


  33. Antonio Kinard is now on his way to Western Arizona.


  34. You do a great job with this list. I like to come here and read this stuff and realize that getting that great recruit of losing that great recruit is not necessarily going to have a great or dire effect on the program. A significant portion of these guys wash out.

  35. i think k. jones left OU

    1. Yes, he did. I haven't updated the page recently, and I haven't heard where he went.

  36. Kellen Jones to Clemson http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/60588/kellen-jones-reportedly-clemson-bound

  37. If you update this page, you might want to categorize each year and organize players as "decommits" and "left team"

  38. Demar Dorsey is going to play for Hawaii. Great work with the list too!

  39. http://www.orangeandwhite.com/news/2012/aug/22/kellen-jones-learning-while-sitting-clemson/




    Kellen Jones also has a 3.44 overall GPA. Mathematics major / B.S.

  40. Quentin Patilla is playing semi pro football after taking a couple years off.


  41. http://www.europlayers.com/News.aspx?NewsId=642

    Quentin Patilla is playing semi-pro football after taking a couple years off.

  42. Demar Dorsey is now at Arizona Western. COuld't get cleared to play at Hawaii


  43. Are you going to add Gareon Conley and Denzel Ward?

    1. Yeah, I've been meaning to do that. Thanks for reminding me.

  44. Conelius Jones - “I think about things and maybe I should have done this or done that and there are things I could've taken care of. Looking back I wish that I'd maybe just gone to Michigan and did what I had to do when this all started.”


  45. Cornelius Jones - “I think about things and maybe I should have done this or done that and there are things I could've taken care of. Looking back I wish that I'd maybe just gone to Michigan and did what I had to do when this all started.”


  46. Dee Hart in 2011.