3 thoughts on Michigan football secondary after transfer portal commitments

Michigan football has added two commitments in as many days from the transfer portal and here's what it means for the secondary.
South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette (17) is tackled by Tennessee defensive back Wesley
South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette (17) is tackled by Tennessee defensive back Wesley / Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY
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Michigan football needed some reinforcements in the secondary and it has gotten some this week. First, there was the commitment of cornerback Aamir Hall.

Then, the Wolverines followed that up by landing one of the top safeties from the SEC last season in Wesley Walker, who annonced his commitment to Michgian football on Friday morning.

Both players are 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and each had over 50 tackles last season. Walker has played for Georgia Tech and Tennessee but has logged over 2,000 snaps and was the highest-graded safety returning to the SEC via PFF before he transferred.

Walker has just one career interception. But he has four seasons with at least 30 solo tackles. LSU was heavily in the mix. It looked like the Tigers might steal another commitment like they stole Jay'viar Suggs earlier this week, but Michigan football won out and here are three thoughts on the secondary, which could be getting another addition, too.

Walker can contribute in multiple ways

Whether it's a starting safety or even as a big nickel or dime back, Walker isn't just going to play safety for Michigan football. Calling him a defensive back is probably a better term. The Wolverines will use him in coverage and they'll take advantage of his tackling ability.

There was a highlight posted by Clint Brewster of 247 Sports in which he talked about how explosive Walker is, as well as his "quickness" in coverage. That's essential and having an explosive tackler, as Mike Sainristil was last season, is key. You need someone to blow up all the bubble screens and what not and Walker is made for that.

Who knows if Walker will start. He easily could alongside Makari Paige, but Quentin Johnson is also going to see some snaps. Last season, Michigan played four safeties. Keon Sabb saw some snaps as a sub-package defender, along with Mikey, and Walker should fill that role, on top of everything else.

So looking back to the spring, Walker is probably the Keon Sabb replacement. The replacement for Rod Moore could still be out there.