In the minutes before 2016 four-star tight end Devin Asiasi announced that he would become a Wolverine, some Michigan news hit Twitter that may have surprised fans awaiting Asiasi's decision. Ohio University announced that Michigan redshirt junior defensive lineman Tom Strobel has transferred to the Bobcats:
Welcome to Ohio!— OhioFootball (@OhioFootball) February 3, 2016
Tom Strobel (Mentor, Ohio/University of Michigan) pic.twitter.com/DS6tyIdHYW
This might have come as a surprise because there had been no official announcement that Strobel intended to leave the Wolverines. However, there had been rumors that Strobel would make a graduate transfer and play his fifth year at another program.
Strobel was a four-star prospect from Mentor, Ohio, that committed to Michigan as a member of the 2012 class. After redshirting in his first season, he appeared in 17 career games, 11 of which were during last season, and made six career tackles as a Wolverine.
With Strobel's transfer, Michigan currently has 88 reported players on scholarship for the 2016 season after today's National Signing Day, according to The Wolverine's Michael Spath. Michigan will need to get that down to 85, so expect further attrition.