Michigan Football pursuing Maryland LB transfer

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The Michigan Wolverines have reportedly offered Maryland freshman linebacker Branden Jennings, a former Michigan commitment from the class of 2021.

According to a tweet from the Rivals Transfer Portal Twitter account, the Wolverines have offered Maryland linebacker Branden Jennings out of the transfer portal.

If that name sounds familiar, it is because Jennings was once a Michigan football commit, before flipping to the Maryland Terrapins on National Signing Day last year.

Originally a four-star recruit out of Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Florida, Jennings played in seven games as a true freshman, registering six tackles in Maryland’s 20-17 win against Illinois. Jennings also saw snaps against Michigan football this past season.

The Wolverines are reportedly not alone in their pursuit of Jennings, with other offers from Power 5 programs such as Michigan State, South Carolina, North Carolina State, and many others looking at getting involved, including Miami and Oregon.

Jennings is listed on Maryland’s website at 6’3, 235 lbs, which gives him some versatility between playing a traditional off-ball linebacker role and potentially bulking up a bit further and playing as a situational pass rusher off the edge. Jennings entered the Transfer Portal on November 30th, along with fellow linebacker Terrence Lewis, a former five-star recruit.

One advantage Michigan football may have in luring him to Ann Arbor is linebackers coach George Helow, who actually helped flip Jennings from Michigan to Maryland while he was part of the Terrapins coaching staff.

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Helow has proven to be a great asset on the recruiting and Jennings would be another huge addition. Plus, since he’s only one year out of high school, it should make the transfer process to Michigan much easier.