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Michigan defensive end Luiji Vilain enters transfer portal

The Wolverines have lost a depth piece on the defensive line.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 21 Michigan at Rutgers Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Michigan Wolverines have lost another member of the 2017 recruiting class with multiple media reports saying on Tuesday that defensive end Luiji Vilain has entered the transfer portal.

Vilain was a former four-star recruit in the 2017 cycle and the 57th-ranked player nationally. Despite this, he was never quite able to able to find a consistent role after knee injuries impacted the first two seasons of his career.

Vilain played in 12 games over the last two seasons and notched 11 tackles with one sack and one forced fumble. With the emergence of Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson and the ascension of Taylor Upshaw this past season, Vilain’s spot in the pecking order just never really materialized into much of a consistent role.

He will be eligible immediately at whichever school he chooses and have at least two years left in his college career. Expect Michigan to attack the transfer portal to address its growing need for reinforcements on the defensive line.

Vilain is the second Wolverine to transfer out of the program in as many days with running back Zach Charbonnet also electing to hit the portal on Monday.