A transfer portal target to watch for Michigan football

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Michigan football has already offered defensive tackle Joey Slackman from Penn out of the transfer portal. 

One of the reasons that Michigan football was able to beat Ohio State on Saturday for the third consecutive year was the play of guys added from the transfer portal.

Kicker James Turner, tight end A.J. Barner, and offensive tackle LaDarius Henderson are just some of the names that contributed to the win over Ohio State on Saturday.

If the Wolverines are going to have a shot to win another Big Ten championship, they will need to add even more talent from the transfer portal.

The big question mark is going to be at the quarterback position. If J.J. McCarthy decides to come back, then Michigan football won’t need a transfer quarterback at all, outside of maybe a backup.

Yet, it’s clear that Michigan is going to be active again as the Wolverines have already extended an offer to defensive tackle Joey Slackman. 

Why Slackman would make sense for Michigan football

The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder is one of the top-ranked players in the transfer portal and has already been offered by Northwestern, Washington, Florida, Missouri, TCU, Arizona, Colorado, Washington, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Miami, Louisville, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Rutgers, Houston, Pittsburgh, BYU and UConn.

Kris Jenkins will be in the NFL next season, but the Wolverines wil still have Mason Graham, Kenneth Grant, and Rayshaun Benny coming back.

However, you can never have enough depth. Cam Goode will also be gone and going to Penn makes it seem like Slackman would be a good fit academically. Plus, the Wolverines have been outstanding at developing defensive line talent.

Here is a summary from the Wolverine on Slackman’s last season at Penn. 

"Slackman registered 50 tackles, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage and 4 sacks, with 1 pass breakup this season. His 90.1 overall Pro Football Focus (PFF) grade led all FCS defensive tackles, as did his 92.8 run-defense rating. He posted 18 pressures as a pass rusher, which was tied for 36th among FCS interior defensive linemen. Penn posted a 6-4 overall record and 3-4 mark in the Ivy League."

Of all the teams on the list to offer so far, Michigan makes a ton of sense. We’ll see what happens moving forward but I can’t see why he wouldn’t at least take a visit to Ann Arbor.

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But until that happens, it’s hard to get serious about any transfer.

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