Michigan spokesperson Dave Ablauf confirmed Wednesday night redshirt freshman linebacker Drew Singleton asked for and received a release to transfer from the program.
The Paramus (N.J.) product was in the thick of the WILL linebacker competition this fall, according to Don Brown.
“Those three guys are in that fist fight,” Brown said. “If you ask me today who’s the leader in the clubhouse, I would say there is none. If you ask me, I think Josh (Ross) and Devin Gil, probably slightly ahead of Drew (Singleton). So if that would be the case then we’d just let them both play and see who steps up and separates, or if they keep both playing well then just leave it alone.”
While he earned Under Armor All-American honors as a high school junior, he suffered a torn ACL as senior — coincidentally, Paramus was playing its opener in the Big House.
The former 4-star and top-100 prospect in the 2017 cycle is the fourth departure from that class, joining Corey Malone-Hatcher, Ja’Raymond Hall and Deron Irving-Bey.
He only recorded one kick return for five yards in his career.
The Wolverines still possess depth at linebacker, as eight are on scholarship for 2018. With Noah Furbush graduating, and the potential early departure of Devin Bush, underclassmen such as Jordan Anthony and Cameron McGrone will need to step up in 2019.
3-star Charles Thomas is the only interior linebacker committed for 2019, as Joey Velazquez is slated for Viper.