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Former Michigan TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr. to play immediately at Stony Brook in 2018

Formerly from upstate New York, Wheatley returns home for his fourth year of college.

NCAA Football: Illinois at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Michigan Wolverines tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. will be a Stony Brook Seawolf this season.

Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore announced on Sunday the younger Wheatley’s transfer. Formerly of Manlius, New York, the son of Tyrone Wheatley Sr. returns to his home state after three seasons in Ann Arbor.

Since he is moving down from the FBS to the FCS, Wheatley will be eligible to play immediately. The Seawolves play out of the FCS’s Colonial Athletic Conference.

Wheatley suffered his second career foot injury back in the spring, and perhaps subsequently his weight ballooned to the 300 range. With Zach Gentry, Sean McKeon and Nick Eubanks returning, his chances to see the field at tight end were dwindling fast.

Fans dreamed of seeing him as an uber-athletic jumbo tight end, and he showed flashes.

He finished his career with just six catches for 61 yards.

The former 4-star prospect is listed at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds on the Stony Brook roster. He joins a Seawolf team coming off a 10-3 FCS Playoff campaign.

Wheatley joined the Wolverines in the 2015 transition recruiting class Jim Harbaugh compiled in just three weeks after his hire. Of the 14 commits, only nine are still on the roster, including potential medical hardship candidate Grant Newsome.