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Jordan Morant’s journey at Michigan, 2021 outlook

The redshirt freshman is behind a few guys on the depth chart entering the 2021 season.

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The safety room for the Michigan Wolverines is among the deepest on the team heading into the 2021 season. With Brad Hawkins and Daxton Hill penciled in as the starters for a second straight season, we can take a look at the guys behind them to see what the Wolverines would have if one of those players went down with an injury.

One of the more intriguing options is Jordan Morant. He hasn’t had any playing time up to this point in his short career in Ann Arbor, but the potential is there for him to eventually be a breakout player.

The story so far

A four-star recruit in the 2020 class, Morant came to Michigan from Bergen Catholic in Oradell, New Jersey, a high school program Michigan is all too familiar with. With Chris Partridge and Anthony Campanile as his main recruiters, he picked Michigan over other offers from Penn State, Alabama, USC, Texas A&M, Clemson and many more.

The highly-touted recruit was named to the Polynesian Bowl and the All-American Bowl, but was unable to participate due to a season-ending foot injury he suffered during his senior year. He had surgery on that foot and rehabbed it throughout the offseason, leading up to his true freshman season at Michigan, a season in which he remained on the sidelines and saw zero total snaps.

Outlook for 2021

Now as a redshirt freshman with a fully-healed foot, Morant will be eyeing his first real playing time on the gridiron since his senior year in high school. Standing in his way of that are a couple other young guys, Makari Paige and RJ Moten, who have both received some talk this offseason from Wolverine coaches.

Moten played in one games on special teams last season, and Paige played in all six games in 2020, but that doesn’t mean much with a brand new coaching staff in town. The opportunity is there for Morant to crack the two-deep this season. His first shot at significant playing time likely won’t come until next year, but he has the potential to show what he is capable of as soon as this fall.