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Win a free house rental for homecoming weekend

Friday, May 8th, 2015


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Want an excuse to descend upon Ann Arbor for Jim Harbaugh’s first home Big Ten game? Or to return to your alma mater for Homecoming? Or simply upgrade your digs for a Michigan football weekend? Well have we got an opportunity for you. Rent Like a Champion — formerly known as Ann Arbor Football Rentals — is giving away a free house rental for homecoming weekend to one lucky winner. And that winner could be YOU!

The contest runs through the end of May and the winner will receive a rental from Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11. The house can accommodate up to seven guests and is just blocks from Michigan Stadium.

Imagine enjoying Ann Arbor on Friday night, then waking up Saturday morning just a short walk from the Big House, refreshed from a good night’s sleep in a comfortable house rather than a dingy hotel room. No need to pay for game day parking. No need to try to find a meeting place for the rest of your group. You’ll all be under one roof. You can hold your own tailgate in the back yard. Those are the benefits that Rent Like a Champion provides. And you could get it for free.

“We’re excited to help some Wolverines make it to Ann Arbor for homecoming without having to shell out for a hotel,” said CEO and Co-founder Mike Doyle. “We know how diehard Michigan fans are, and how widespread their fan base is, so our company is just happy to facilitate an awesome weekend for the group that wins.”

In addition to the contest, make sure to check out the rest of their listings for this fall. There are homes available for every home football weekend, including a current 14 homes available for Harbaugh’s first home game, ranging from $800 to $2,500 for the weekend.

“We provide an affordable and comfortable way for fans to travel to schools for game weekends,” Doyle said. “Rather than overpaying to be cooped up in separate rooms of a hotel, fans and groups can enjoy the comforts of a home with common areas, grills, kitchens and other amenities that make for a complete game weekend experience.”

The contest winner will be announced by Rent Like a Champion on June 1. Click here to enter.

Ryan drafted in 4th; Gardner, Beyer sign free agent contracts

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


Jake Ryan(Tony Ding, AP)

A day after former Michigan standouts Devin Funchess and Frank Clark were drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft, Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan found a home in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers as the 129th overall pick.

Ryan, who played defensive end and outside linebacker before moving to middle linebacker for his senior season at Michigan, fits the mold of recent Packers linebackers A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews, in number, looks, and talent. While some viewed Ryan as an outside linebacker in the NFL, the Packers had a need for an inside linebacker after Hawk signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and Brad Jones signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“His instincts are something that really stand out,” said Eliot Wolf, the Packers’ director of pro personnel. “He can get through traffic and make plays on the outside, penetrate and make plays on the inside run. He’s pretty good in coverage. Kind of an all-around guy who adds really good value to our team.”

Ryan collected 267 tackles during his five-year career at Michigan that included an injury-shortened junior season. He tallied 45.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and an interception. As a middle linebacker last season, Ryan led the team with 112 tackles (67 solo), to go along with 14 tackles for loss and two sacks, earning All-Big Ten first team honors by both the media and coaches.

After the draft ended, two other former Wolverines signed undrafted free agent contracts. Quarterback Devin Gardner, who entered the draft as a wide receiver, joined fellow former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady on the New England Patriots, while defensive end Brennen Beyer signed with the Baltimore Ravens.

Gardner started 27 games at quarterback for Michigan, passing for 6,336 yards and 44 touchdowns, but his struggles at the position — due at least in part to playing for multiple head coaches and offensive coordinators and behind a poor offensive line — caused him to change positions. He started the 2012 season at receiver, catching 16 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns, until Denard Robinson went down with an injury that forced Gardner to move back to quarterback.

The good news for Gardner is that his new team has a precedent for quarterbacks-turned-receiver. Julian Edelman started at quarterback for three seasons at Kent State before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He caught 37 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown his rookie season, but it wasn’t until the past two seasons that his career as a receiver took off. In 2013 and 2014 Edelman caught 197 passes for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a nine-catch, 109-yard one-touchdown performance against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

At 6’4″, 218, Gardner has a much different body type than the 5’10″, 200-pound Edelman, but he’ll have a chance to earn a roster spot on a team that has had trouble drafting receivers the past few years. Aside from Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots have lacked a true outside receiver as of late. Last season, Brandon LaFell came on with 74 catches for 953 yard and seven touchdowns, but the three receivers the Pats added from the 2013 draft — Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, and Kenbrell Thompkins — were non-factors.

Beyer will likely have a tougher job securing a roster spot with the Ravens. Like Ryan, Beyer played both defensive end and linebacker for the Wolverines over the past few years, but while he was a solid contributor, he didn’t have the same type of impact Ryan did. The Ravens feature one of the league’s best defenses and aren’t exactly thin at either position. Still, he came highly recommended by Greg Mattison — a former Ravens defensive coordinator — and that was enough for John Harbaugh to give him a chance.

Funchess, Clark drafted in second round

Friday, May 1st, 2015


Funchess

Michigan may have struggled on the field last fall, but they had a good night in Chicago on Friday as two former Wolverines found their way into the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Devin Funchess heard his name called first when the Carolina Panthers selected him 41st overall. A short time later, defensive end Frank Clark surprised everybody by getting selected by the Seattle Seahawks 63rd overall. It marks the first time since 2008 that Michigan has had two players drafted in the first two rounds of the same draft.

Funchess was projected to be a second or third round pick, so his position as the ninth pick of the second round was surprising, but not to the Panthers who traded up 16 spots to get him. The St. Louis Rams held the 41st pick, but Carolina traded their third-round (No. 89) and sixth-round (No. 201) picks in addition to pick No. 57.

The 6’5″, 232-pound Farmington Hills, Mich. native joins last year’s first-round pick, Kelvin Benjamin, in the Panthers’ receiving corps. Benjamin, who stands 6’5″, 240, was a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries last season, catching 73 passes for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera liked the possibilities despite Funchess’ less than stellar showing at the NFL Combine, per the Charlotte Observer.

“He plays fast. He’s a smooth, fluid big man,” Gettleman said. “We really like that about him…he’s a matchup issue.”

“You see a couple things that tell you this kid is a little bit different. He makes catches in traffic. He presents a big target in traffic and takes a lot of big shots, similar to what Kelvin does,” Rivera said. “And then you watch him go vertical, which was surprising. I was like, ‘Wait a minute, I thought people talked about he was not a vertical threat.’ He was a vertical threat.”

In three seasons at Michigan Funchess caught 126 passes for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns. He struggled with consistency last season while battling injuries, but caught a career-high 62 passes for 733 yards and four scores while wearing the famous No. 1 jersey. He was a two-time All-Big Ten selection.

While Funchess going 41st was surprising, Clark being selected at all on Friday was a shock given the way his career at Michigan ended. Clark was kicked off the team with two games remaining last season after a domestic violence incident at a hotel in Sandusky, Ohio. But the Seahawks did their homework on Clark and decided the upside he brings was worth the risk he could pose off the field.

Clark, certainly thankful for the opportunity presented, released a statement to Seahawks fans.

“I’m honored to be a part of the Seattle Seahawks organization, and I want to thank coach Carroll and Mr. Schneider for believing in me enough to make me the team’s first pick. I loved Coach Carroll as a kid growing up in L.A., and I look forward to giving the 12th man more reasons to raise ruckus in the near future. I’m a West Coast kid at heart and I’m eager to make Seattle, and the great Northwest my home.”

Clark joins a Seahawks defense that led the league in total defense and pass defense, and ranked third in rush defense, a year ago. But the Seahawks ranked just 20th in the league with 37 sacks, and that’s something they hope Clark can improve.

Clark tallied 42 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for loss in 10 games last season. As a junior in 2013, he recorded 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, earning All-Big Ten second team honors.

Michigan still has a couple more players who hope to be drafted in rounds four through seven on Saturday. Linebacker Jake Ryan is projected as a mid-round pick and quarterback Devin Gardner — who will play receiver in the NFL — just hopes to hear his name called. Coverage begins at noon EST on ESPN.

New in Blue: 2016 RB Matt Falcon

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015


Matt Falcon(Scout.com)

Matt Falcon – RB | 6-1, 215 | Southfield, Mich. – Southfield
ESPN: 3-star, NR Rivals: 4-star, #13 RB 247: 4-star, #13 RB Scout: 4-star, #8 RB
Other top offers: Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, Nebraska, Tennessee, Arizona State, Arkansas, West Virginia

Just two days after landing a commitment from running back Kingston Davis, Jim Harbaugh picked up a more highly-rated running back in the form of Southfield, Mich. rising senior Matt Falcon. The 6’1″, 215-pound back teased fans throughout the day with tweets foreshadowing some big news and finally dropped it shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Falcon is a four-star recruit according to Rivals, 247, and Scout, and a three-star per ESPN. However, the latter hasn’t updated its rankings since last summer, and he’s surely to rise once the rankings are updated. In fact, recruiting analyst Tom Lemming tweeted as much just after Falcon announced his commitment.

 

Currently, Scout has Falcon rated the highest as the eighth-best running back in the 2016 class, while Rivals and 247 each list him 13th. Scout also has him 149th nationally, while 247 has him 263rd. They all have him either 6’0″ or 6’1″ and between 200 and 215 pounds.

The offers have been coming in in droves the past few months as Nebraska, North Carolina, Arizona State, Arkansas, and Oregon have all offered since late February. Falcon, who lives and plays in the Detroit suburb of Southfield — just 40 minutes northeast of Ann Arbor — received the coveted Michigan offer on Feb. 17. He unofficially visited Michigan just 10 days later, and again in March, before visiting again for the spring game last weekend. He had also visited Ohio State last November for the Michigan game.

Falcon joins Davis, fullback David Reese, quarterback Brandon Peters, offensive lineman Erik Swenson, and linebacker Dele’ Harding in the 2016 class and almost certainly fills out the backfield recruiting for the cycle.

New in Blue: 2016 RB Kingston Davis

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015


Kingston Davis(Kenny Moss, Opelika-Auburn News)

Kingston Davis – RB | 6-1, 225 | Prattville, Ala. – Prattville
ESPN: NR Rivals: 3-star, NR 247: 3-star, #3 FB Scout: 3-star, #100 RB
Other top offers: Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indiana, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo

Jim Harbaugh continued his hot recruiting streak on Monday with a commitment from class of 2016 running back Kingston Davis. The 6’1″, 225-pound Prattville, Ala. native tweeted his commitment first thing in the morning.

Davis is a three-star recruit according to the four major recruiting services. ESPN and Rivals don’t have him ranked at his position, while 247 lists him as the third-best fullback and Scout ranks him as the 100th-best running back. They’re all pretty much in agreement about his size as ESPN has him 6’0″ but the other three 6’1″ and all have him between 225 and 230. That puts him an inch or two taller than Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith and roughly in the same neighborhood of weight.

Davis comes from Prattville, Ala. where Harbaugh secured a commitment from his teammate Keith Washington on National Signing Day. Harbaugh is also hosting a satellite camp in Prattville this summer, to the ire of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. In addition to Michigan, Davis held offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville, Southern Miss, and some smaller FBS schools. He was offered back in January and visited for the spring game over the weekend and it was enough to convince him to pledge to the Wolverines.

As a junior last season for the Lions, Davis rushed for 1,432 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards per carry, as they reached the state championship game in Class 7A.

In the span of three days, Harbaugh has rounded out an entire backfield for the 2016 class with quarterback Brandon Peters, fullback David Reese, and now Davis. They join offensive lineman Erik Swenson and linebacker Dele’ Harding in the class.

New in Blue: 2016 LB/FB David Reese

Sunday, April 5th, 2015


David Reese(247)

David Reese – LB/FB | 6-1, 235 | Farmington, Mich. – Farmington
ESPN: 3-star, NR Rivals: 3-star, #17 ILB 247: 3-star, #14 ILB Scout: 3-star, #9 MLB
Other top offers: Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indiana, Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo

A day after receiving a commitment from 2016 quarterback Brandon Peters, Jim Harbaugh secured a second commitment in the form of linebacker David Reese. Shortly before the spring game, the Farmington, Mich. native flipped his commitment to the Wolverines from Louisville.

Reese is rated a three-star according to each of the four major recruiting sites. Scout ranks him the highest as the ninth-best middle linebacker, while 247 lists him 14th, Rivals 17th, and ESPN has him unranked. However, Harbaugh recruited Reese as a fullback rather than a linebacker.

Reese originally committed to Louisville on March 7 during an unofficial visit, but when his home-state Wolverines offered three weeks later it was only a matter of time before he flipped. Reese also holds offers from Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indiana, and a host of MAC schools. He joins Peters, offensive lineman Erik Swenson, and linebacker Dele’ Harding in the class and will work on convincing his teammate, three-star receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick to follow his lead in flipping from Louisville to Michigan.

New in Blue: 2016 QB Brandon Peters

Sunday, April 5th, 2015


Brandon Peters(D. Kevin Elliott, Indy Star)

Brandon Peters – QB | 6-5, 205 | Avon, Ind. – Avon
ESPN: 4-star, #12 QB, 81 grade Rivals: 4-star, #5 ProQB 247: 4-star, #7 ProQB Scout: 4-star, #20 QB
Other top offers: Wisconsin, LSU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Iowa, Indiana, Boston College

On the eve of the first spring game of Jim Harbaugh’s tenure, the legendary Michigan quarterback received his first commitment for the class of 2016 in the form of Avon, Ind. signal-caller Brandon Peters. The 6’5″, 205-pound quarterback tweeted out the news late Friday night.

Peters is a consensus four-star recruit according to the four major recruiting services. Rivals ranks him the highest as their fifth-best pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class, while 247 ranks him seventh, ESPN 12th, and Scout 20th. In terms of national rankings, 247 has him the highest as the 157th-best overall recruit. ESPN ranks him 181st with an 81 grade and Rivals has him 211th.

Scout likes Peters’ intelligence, pocket awareness, and running ability/mobility, while listing his area of improvement as field vision. Allen Trieu expands on that by saying, “Good height and is continuing to fill his frame in. Is a good athlete who can run and escape pressure, but he also shows good awareness and feel in the pocket. Gets rid of the ball quickly and has the arm to make throws to the sideline and drive the ball downfield. As he gets bigger and stronger, that should only increase. Smart kid, tough, calm under pressure. Must continue to work on reading defenses and going through his progressions.”

As a junior at Avon High School in Indiana last season, Peters passed for 1,876 yards and 21 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also rushed for 244 yards and five scores.

Peters held offers from LSU, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Iowa among others. He joins offensive lineman Erik Swenson and linebacker Dele’ Harding in the young class. By the time he gets to campus he will join a crowded quarterback group that includes Shane Morris, Wilton Speight, John O’Korn, Alex Malzone, and Zach Gentry.

Michigan releases Spring Game rosters

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Michigan spring practice(Melanie Maxwell, MLive)

With the 2015 Spring Game just three days away, Michigan announced the rosters for the two teams on Wednesday afternoon. Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will coach the Maize team, while offensive coordinator Tim Drevno will head the Blue team.

Instead of a simple practice format that Brady Hoke, Rich Rodriguez, and late-era Lloyd Carr preferred, Jim Harbaugh is bringing a jolt of life to the event with a full game consisting of four 10-minute quarters. The team hosted a draft last Saturday to determine the two squads that will face off this Saturday.

Gates open at 10 a.m. with kickoff scheduled for noon. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network and Jim Brandstatter, Dan Dierdorf, and Doug Karsch will have the call on the Michigan/IMG Sports Network.

Maize team Blue team
No. Name Pos. No. Name Pos.
4 DeVeon Smith RB 2 Blake Countess DB
5 Jabrill Peppers DB 3 Bo Dever WR
6 Brian Cleary QB 5 Kenneth Sloss WR
7 Henry Poggi DE 7 Shane Morris QB
8 Channing Stribling DB 12 Allen Gant LB
9 Ramsey Romano QB 13 Terry Richardson DB
10 Da’Mario Jones WR 13 Matt Thompson QB
12 Alex Malzone QB 14 Drake Harris WR
15 Garrett Moores QB 16 Jack Wangler WR
17 Freddy Canteen WR 18 Antonio Whitfield RB
18 A.J. Pearson DB 19 Wilton Speight QB
19 Jared Wangler LB 20 Matt Mitchell DB
23 Dennis Norfleet WR 22 Jarrod Wilson S
27 Derrick Green RB 23 Jeffrey Houston DB
27 Travis Wooley DB 25 Dymonte Thomas DB
30 Reon Dawson CB 26 Jourdan Lewis DB
31 Nick Benda LB 28 Brandon Watson DB
34 Jeremy Clark S 29 Ross Taylor-Douglas CB
35 Joe Bolden LB 31 Kyle Seychel K/P
37 Bobby Henderson FB 32 Ty Isaac RB
40 Joe Beneducci FB 32 Shaun Austin DB
41 Ryan Tice K/P 33 Wyatt Shallman RB
42 Ben Gedeon LB 36 Joe Kerridge FB
44 Delano Hill DB 38 Francois Montbrun DB
44 Chase Winovich TE 38 Nick Volk FB
45 Brady Pallante FB 43 Chris Wormley DE
46 Deyanco Hardwick LB 43 Scott Sypniewski LS
49 Anthony Dalimonte DB 48 Desmond Morgan LB
49 Andrew Robinson LS 52 Royce Jenkins-Stone LB
50 Tom Strobel DE 55 David Dawson OL
51 Greg Froelich OL 55 Garrett Miller DL
52 Mason Cole OT 61 Graham Glasgow OL
57 Patrick Kugler OL 62 Alex Kaminski LB
62 Blake Bars OL 63 Ben Pliska OL
67 Kyle Kalis OL 66 Dan Liesman LB
73 Maurice Hurst Jr. DT 69 Willie Henry DT
75 Nikhil Brueggeman OL 71 Ben Braden OL
78 Erik Magnuson OL 72 Logan Tuley-Tillman OL
81 Brian Cole WR 74 Dan Samuelson OL
84 A.J. Williams TE 76 Juwan Bushell-Beatty OT
85 Maurice Ways WR 82 Amara Darboh WR
86 Jehu Chesson WR 83 Jaron Dukes WR
89 Brad Anlauf WR 88 Jake Butt TE
90 Bryan Mone DT 94 Ian Bunting TE
91 Kenny Allen K/P 95 Michael Jocz TE
93 Lawrence Marshall DE 96 Ryan Glasgow DL
97 Cody Zeisler DE

Recruiting profile: 2015 OL signee Jon Runyan Jr.

Friday, February 20th, 2015


Runyan(MaxPreps)

Previously: 2015 TE Chris Clark, 2015 CB Iman Marshall, 2015 QB Zach Gentry, 2015 RB Karan Higdon

Jon Runyan Jr. – OL | 6-4, 276 | Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Joseph’s
ESPN: 3-star, #96 OT Rivals: 3-star, #45 OG 247: 3-star, #163 OT Scout: 3-star, #39 OG
Other top offers:

The son of the former Michigan and NFL offensive tackle of the same name, Jon Runyan Jr. committed to the Wolverines nearly two years ago, coming off just his junior year of high school. Runyan Jr. is significantly smaller than his father and is no lock to remain at offensive tackle in college (his frame profiles better on the inside), but he possesses the tools of a future Big Ten starter. Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Tim Drevno stress physical and tough offensive line play, two things which Runyan Jr. has plenty of.

Athleticism

Athleticism - Jon Runyan JrRunyan Jr. doesn’t just have the frame of a big tight end, he has the athletic ability of one too. He has the quickness out of his stance and the overall movement skills that would be coveted by a team that is heavy on zone blocking schemes. Runyan Jr. moves very well laterally and downfield and his athletic talent aids him best as a moving run blocker more so than as a pass protector. He was used as an eligible receiver at times with St. Joseph’s and could be used in the same capacity with the Wolverines, either as an extra blocker or on a tight end screen. If Runyan Jr. can continue to improve his body and add strength without sacrificing much quickness, he will have an excellent physical base from which he can develop as a blocker.

Pass Blocking

Pass Blocking - Jon Runyan JrWhile he might have manned the blind side as a prep last season, don’t expect Runyan Jr. to do so at the next level, nor would he be expected to with Mason Cole holding down the job last year as a true freshman. Runyan Jr. simply doesn’t have the length or power to hold up at left tackle, and would be better served as an interior lineman or as a right tackle. His ability to anchor is a serious question considering he is a lightweight at this point in time and did not show any dominant ability to stonewall pass rushers. His height and arm length are also red flags and are below average for an offensive tackle. If Runyan Jr. can take full advantage of the strength and training program when he gets on campus he will be able to become an at least average pass protector and could contribute after a redshirt season.

Run Blocking

Run Blocking - Jon Runyan JrDon’t let his underwhelming size fool you, Runyan Jr. is a dominating run blocker. His ability to fight through the whistle and to block opposing defenders five yards downfield is impressive and should catch the eye of this coaching staff which will seek to impose a tough and physical mindset in the offensive trenches. Runyan Jr. gets into his blocks quickly and can generate movement off the line with sheer fight and effort. Even more impressive, however, is his ability to block on the move, which includes releasing off of double teams and getting out to the second level, and coming around the opposite side of the line on pulls. Runyan Jr. has an impressive ability to latch on to targets in space and is difficult to disengage from in the running game. His ability to open up holes and seal off defenders in the running game should allow him to play any of the four positions to the right of the blindside spot.

Technique

Technique - Jon Runyan JrFew offensive linemen come out of high school with good technique, let alone college prospects moving up to the pros, but Runyan Jr. shows solid technique for his level of play at this stage. Quick hands, balance, and leg drive allow him to maintain good positioning and engage with his opponents. He also shows clean footwork and solid angles to block on the move and at the second level. The biggest areas that Runyan Jr. needs to work on are his ability to maintain leverage and proper pad level, and better hip snap into contact. Overall, the fact that he is the son of a former offensive lineman is apparent in his play.

Bottom Line

The Wolverines have suffered from subpar offensive line play for the past few seasons and should be welcoming any new blood that can help shore up this area of weakness. However, Runyan Jr. is still at least a year away from contributing and needs some serious work in the weight room before he is physically up to snuff. I may only be giving Runyan Jr. a two star grade, but this an indication of what he can do now, and not necessarily what he can do in the future. From what I have seen, he could play a very good offensive guard or center, but as I have stressed, a lot of this comes down to the assumption that he can get bigger and stronger with a redshirt. All things considered, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Runyan Jr. crack a spot in the starting lineup as a sophomore.

MG&B Grade (out of 10)
7.8 (2-star)

Alex is currently a senior at UM-Dearborn and has a background in scouting and player evaluation, having learned from some of the best in the business. He contributes a weekly recruit profile/evaluation piece each Friday. Visit our Meet the Staff page to read more about Alex.

New in Blue: Stanford CB transfer Wayne Lyons

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015


Wayne Lyons

Wayne Lyons – CB | 6-1, 193 | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dillard (Stanford University)
ESPN: 4-star, #7 Saf, 81 grade Rivals: 4-star, #6 Saf 247: 4-star, #4 Saf Scout: 4-star, #8 Saf
Other top offers: Stanford, Nebraska, UCLA, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida
*Class of 2011

Wayne Lyons became the second transfer to sign with Michigan since signing day Tuesday, joining D.J. Durkin’s defense as a fifth-year cornerback. Lyons spent the last four years at Stanford University, playing 41 games from 2012-2014 after his freshman season was cut short due to a broken foot.

Lyons’ calling card is his athleticism. He played both linebacker and cornerback in high school, so his tackling and ball-hawking skills help him stay with bigger receivers. He also ran track and specialized in hurdles, giving Michigan a dangerous speed combination to go with Jourdan Lewis.

Lyons picked up 30 tackles in 13 games last season, breaking up three passes and forcing a fumble. He recorded 69 tackles as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.

As a four-star recruit, Lyons was a top-10 cornerback out of Florida. He joins a Michigan secondary that lost starting cornerback Raymon Taylor to graduation and returns 2014 standout Lewis, senior Blake Countess, and gets mega-hyped Jabrill Peppers back from injury.