Former Michigan offensive lineman Willie Allen entered the transfer portal not even a month ago, but he has already found his new college football home — the University of Massachusetts, according to his Twitter profile.
Allen was recruited to Michigan by Ed Warinner, who is now the run-game coordinator and tackles and tight ends coach at Florida Atlantic. He transferred to Michigan from Louisiana Tech back in the fall and was competing for the open right tackle job left vacant by newly-drafted Atlanta Falcon Jalen Mayfield, but he eventually lost to Andrew Steuber this spring. It wasn’t long after he hopped back into the portal to find a school with a better opportunity at immediate playing time.
The 6-foot-6, 343-pound grad transfer originally signed with LSU and redshirted his freshman year. After the redshirt, he transferred to Tyler College in Texas for one year. He then spent the past two seasons at Louisiana Tech, starting 15 games total.
This has been a roller coaster of a journey for Allen, who should now have the chance to start right away for his final season of college football. Thankfully, Michigan is also in a good spot with its offensive line, as one could argue it is as deep as its ever been under Jim Harbaugh under the guidance of new offensive line coach Sherrone Moore. Both parties should be happy here, and hopefully Allen has a successful final season of college football with UMass.