Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Since a slew of transfers are on their way and that number could still rise, I figure I'd post this since Michigan has already appeared to set a record for transfers welcomed in a single year with 4.
My source for this is the Bentley football roster database. This is a list of every documented Michigan incoming transfer.
I say documented because it is possible that guys transferred here in the late 19th century and early 20th century and it just wasn't listed that they transffered.
There are some really impressive names on this list that you might recognize.
|Player||Pos.||U-M Years||Transferred From|
|Charles Street||QB||1898-1899||Williams College|
|Ebin Wilson||C||1900||Eastern Michigan|
|Willie Heston, Sr.||HB||1901-1904||San Jose State|
|Arthur Reid||N/A||1901||Simpson College|
|Willard Peach||E||1916, 1919||Western Michigan|
|Howard Yerges||QB||1944-1947||Ohio State|
|Len Ford||E||1945-1947||Morgan State|
|J.T. White||C||1946-1947||Ohio State|
|Michael Kerr||OL||1986-1987||DuPage J.C.|
|Chris Kurpeikis||OT||1995||Notre Dame|
|Russell Shaw||WR||1996-1997||Locke - El Camino C.C.|
|Jonathan Goodwin||OL||1999-2001||Ohio University|
|Spencer Brinton||QB||2001-2004||San Diego State|
|Austin Panter||LB||2007-2008||Kensington - Butler C.C.|
|Steven Threet||QB||2007-2008||Georgia Tech|
|Blake O'Neill||P||2015-||Weber State|
Italics indicates JUCO (junior college) transfer
I am anxious to see if any UM football players decide to transfer this year. I consider it a very good sign regarding the program and Hoke's relationship with the kids if (almost) no one decides to transfer. Most of these kids were recruited by Hoke and should they decide to stick around even if they do not expect to see significant playing time, it will be significant positive signal for next year and the program.
Here is the article. It focuses on his journey from junior hockey to the NFL (he was drafted by the Giants in the seventh round). The Michigan part:
Next, he all but gave up elite hockey because he wanted to try other sports. Almost by accident, he ended up at a Connecticut prep school where, even though he had never played a down of organized football, he blossomed into a top rusher. Considered a top football prospect, he chose Michigan among several big-time suitors. For the second time in his athletic career, he was oddly banished to the bench, averaging about six carries a year.
So there was a lot of talk yesterday about Bo Ryan's transfer snafu... and I was actually incorrect in what the Big Ten's stance on transfers within the conference is. I was under the opinion that the Big Ten had a blanket rule where you couldn't transfer within the conference and receive a scholarship. That used to be the case (see Mr. Plow, you could still transfer but had to pay your own way) but that was changed for the 2011-2012 season:
The new rule, adopted for this current academic year, allows a player to receive the aid, but he would have to sit out the NCAA-required one-year in residence and lose a season of eligibility.
Some coaches (JB included) still don't allow in conference transfers, but the B1G will allow it - if you give up a year of eligibility.
In general I'm fine with blanket transfer restrictions that are made up front before a player signs his LOI. JB's had a long standing policy of nothing within the conference and nothing on the schedule for 2 years. If players know that before they sign, that's fine. Stuff like Ryan adding to and making up rules as each transfer happens for each kid - that's a different animal.
One of the top RB's of the 2010 class, and young sensation for Auburn has decided to follow his OC Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State. Chizik suspended him indefinitely before the Chick-Fil-A Bowl for disobeying a undisclosed team rule.
Crazy turn of events for Dyer whose "I WUZ DOWN, NO I WUZN'T" play led to Auburn beating Oregon in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.