For the second straight year, the Central Michigan Chippewas have taken in a transfer from the University of Michigan.
Michigan freshman offensive lineman Ja’Raymond Hall has transferred to Central Michigan, the school announced Saturday.
Hall visited CMU a few weeks ago and was granted his release from U-M in late November. The freshman never saw game action in 2017 with the Wolverines.
With this news, Michigan will now move on with five offensive linemen from the 2017 class, including Cesar Ruiz, Chuck Filiaga, Andrew Stueber, Joel Honigford and James Hudson, who converted from defensive tackle to the offensive line this season.
Michigan only has one offensive lineman committed to the 2018 class — four-star Jalen Mayfield. Four-star tight end Ryan Hayes was listed as an offensive lineman before signing during the early signing period, but Jim Harbaugh has since stated Hayes’ future with the Wolverines is at tight end.
The Wolverines are in the mix for two more offensive linemen before the 2018 recruiting period ends — four-star Jarrett Patterson from California, and five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere, who visited the Wolverines this week as the team practiced for the Outback Bowl at his school in Tampa.
With all this said, I wouldn’t be too upset about Hall transferring. Yeah, it sucks that one of Michigan’s younger players is gone, but there is going to be a ton of competition along the offensive line next season, and there are a lot of guys that will be in the mix for those vacancies.
Regardless of the reason for his transfer, I wish nothing but the best for Hall at my alma mater. Unfortunately for Hall, he will have to sit out for the 2018 season before he makes any noise on the team in Mount Pleasant.