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Michigan offers Western Kentucky transfer portal DB Upton Stout

The Wolverines are looking to build their secondary from the portal once again for next season.

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Jacob Singer Jake Singer is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science. He is a Michigan Football and Basketball Writer for SB Nation's Maize and Brew

Announced on social media Monday morning, the Michigan Wolverines have extended an offer to former Western Kentucky defensive back Upton Stout.

The redshirt sophomore already transferred once, playing at North Texas during the 2020 season where he had 35 tackles (24 solo, 11 assisted) and three pass breakups while appearing in eight games. He then redshirted in 2021, totaling just six tackles.

In 2022, Stout started in 11 games for Western Kentucky and played in all 14. He tallied 44 tackles — including a career-high eight in the New Orleans Bowl — and four interceptions. This past season for the Hilltoppers, he only played in seven games where he made 29 tackles, eight pass breakups and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.

Stout is also a punt and kick returner, which could be an added value to Jay Harbaugh’s special teams squad.

Stout is the No. 34 player in the transfer portal and the top-ranked safety, according to 247Sports. He has other offers from USC, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Ole Miss and others.

We will continue to keep you posted on this recruitment and all happenings in the transfer portal this winter.