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Michigan adds three transfers to its secondary

The Jim Harbaugh The era ends with securing the College Football Playoff National Championship. The plan to prevent a mass exodus appears to have worked by hiring employees internally Sherrone Moore. After both portal windows, the Wolverines are reported to have lost 17 athletes 247Sport. As of May 18, Michigan has welcomed eight transfers. Aamir Hall, Wesley Walker and Jaden Mangham were the Wolverines' sixth, seventh and eighth incoming transfers.

After losing star Rod Moore to a spring injury, Michigan needed to bolster its strength. Coach Moore is optimistic his star safety will return sometime in 2024.

Michigan secondary adds three transfers

From the FCS to the Big 10

On the 16th, Michigan added the top uncommitted player at the FCS level to the portal. Aamir Hall. As a cornerback, Hall was a standout at Albany in the CAA. Hall was a 2023 FCS All-American with the Great Danes and is the latest representative of Michigan's new “quality over quantity” mindset in the portal.

Michigan will be Hall's third team. He began his career in Richmond, where he recorded 106 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, 19 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He played three years with the Spiders and appeared in 24 games.

Then he jumped into the portal and landed at Albany. There, Hall recorded 26 tackles, one forced fumble and 13 pass deflections this year. He also added four interceptions. One of those was a highlight-reel pick-six where he fought his way through a quarterback's tackle and eventually dragged him 25 yards into the end zone.

According to 247Sports, Michigan lost two cornerbacks to the portal. However, one of them – Amorion Walker – decided to return to Ole Miss after transferring.

Getting started with volunteer work

As its second commitment of the day, Michigan's secondary added an SEC safety. Wesley Walker.

Walker is on the older side, as his first season at the collegiate level was in 2019. If he suits up for the Wolverines, it will also be his third team. Walker began his career at Georgia Tech. During this time, he totaled 96 tackles, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Walker was primarily a cornerback for the Yellow Jackets and appeared in 23 games over three years.

He then spent the next two seasons with Tennessee. There, Walker recorded 89 tackles, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and seven pass breakups.

Earlier this offseason, Walker jumped into the portal and landed in Louisville. Then, after just over three months with the Cardinals in the spring, he jumped back in and landed at Michigan.

From the other side of the Paul Bunyan Trophy

It's not often that a player moves from one end of a rivalry to the other. Jaden Mangam did exactly that. On Friday, May 17, the highly in-demand security decided to spurn a handful of Big 10 competitors and drive just an hour down the road from East Lansing to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This came just 10 days after his brother Jaren Mangham committed to Minnesota.

As a freshman with the Spartans, Mangham played in eight games with two starts. He racked up a total of 20 tackles on the year. As a sophomore, he took a step forward, starting in ten games and appearing in one more. Overall, Mangham recorded 73 tackles, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery, seven pass breakups and four interceptions.

With Moore's injury and two safety transfers overseas, the Michigan sophomore needed help. They got the deal done in just two days and hired two back-end defense attorneys to step in immediately.

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