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Four-star WR signee Xavier Worthy requests to be released from Michigan

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Big loss for the Wolverines.

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The Michigan Wolverines were dealt a blow on Thursday afternoon in the form of four-star wide receiver signee Xavier Worthy announcing he has requested his release from the program. He has cited “circumstances beyond control” as a reason for backing out. There had been rumors that admissions had been a thorn in his side.

He made the announcement via his Twitter account:

The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder from Fresno, California signed with Michigan over Alabama after a photo-finish of a recruiting battle. Worthy took a trip to Alabama for the Iron Bowl last fall, putting speculation to how solid his commitment was to the Wolverines. Then he announced he’d be making a final decision on the first day of the early signing period. He put pen to ink on Dec. 16 and signed with U-M.

Worthy not enrolling early put into question his situation in Ann Arbor and many believe that he will eventually wind up at Texas with Steve Sarkisian. Given his development of a wideout with a similar profile in DeVonta Smith, it makes sense from a player perspective.

This is a huge loss for Michigan, as Worthy is a true burner and would have brought a home run ability to the receiver room. Now, they will move forward with what they have.

This story is developing.