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Michigan transfer portal target commits to Big 12 program

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The former in-state star is headed elsewhere.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 31 Idaho at Penn State Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A once-heralded in-state high school prospect and former Penn State Nittany Lion, linebacker Lance Dixon, hit the transfer portal earlier this year. Among the top schools in his recruitment were, once again, the Michigan Wolverines. With Ron Bellamy, Dixon’s former high school football coach, joining the staff in Ann Arbor, Michigan was instantly the favorite to land the former four-star prospect.

But as he announced on Twitter on Thursday morning, Dixon is headed to play football in the Big 12 at West Virginia.

As a redshirt freshman in 2020, Dixon played in every game and compiled 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble for Penn State. He played in just three games when he was a true freshman in 2019. He will have four years of eligibility at West Virginia.

With Dixon headed to West Virginia and former Western Michigan Bronco linebacker Treshaun Hayward headed to Arizona, Michigan will likely look to bolster the linebacker room in future recruiting classes. There are plenty of names still in the portal, but none that stuck out like Dixon or Hayward. As always, we will update you with any developments on the recruiting trail, and in the transfer portal, as we move forward with the offseason.