Michigan Wolverines news: More transfer targets to know, plus more

Michigan football has contacted more players in the transfer portal, plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
Akron's Blake Hester leaps over a pile of players as Ohio defenders pursue during the first half of
Akron's Blake Hester leaps over a pile of players as Ohio defenders pursue during the first half of / Mike Cardew / USA TODAY NETWORK

The spring transfer portal window is closed but players can still be added to rosters from the transfer portal and Michigan football has been actively contacting players.

Michigan football doesn't have to worry about losing anyone at this point. It's just about filling some holes before fall camp as they did last offseason with Josh Wallace.

Fans tend to forget about the kicking game, but in the transfer portal, it's been a focus for the Michigan Wolverines who added a reliable kicker and have interest in a return guy according to Clayton Sayfie of The Wolverine.

Blake Hester played at Akron last season and has 53 career returns for 1,067 yards for a career average of 20.1 yards per return. His best season came in 2022 when he averaged 23 yards per return. Last season the number dipped to 18.

Hester has played running back and receiver. But has also contributed on special teams coverage units as well. Michigan football has been in contact with Elijhah Badger, a wideout from Arizona State.

Badger has 142 career receptions for 1,640 yards. He's been contacted by over 20 schools though and it's unknown where Michigan football stands. Unless a player takes a visit, it's hard to consider the Wolverines a true contender.

Some visits will happen this week with other targets such as safety Jaden Mangham and D-lineman Jay'viar Suggs but we'll see if that leads to any traction.

Michigan Wolverines drop series to rivals

The softball and baseball teams dropped two out of three games over the weekend to rivals Ohio State and Michigan State.

The softball team dropped two of three to the Buckeyes, which included a 2-1 defeat on Sunday. The Michigan Wolverines still finished second in the Big Ten and earned a first-round bye for the Big Ten softball tournament which starts on Thursday after finishing 18-5 in the regular season. Northwestern won the Big Ten regular-season title with a 19-3 mark.

Michigan baseball dropped its first two games of the weekend to Michigan State but rallied to knock off the Spartans in extra innings on Sunday, by a score of 10-8. The Wolverines trailed in the ninth inning by one before Jonathan Kim doubled in the tying run. Cole Caruso drove in the go-ahead run in extra innings which allowed U-M to steal a win in East Lansing. Kim went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. Mitch Voit and Mack Timbrook both hit home runs in the win.

Michigan Wolverines make the NCAA tournament in Lacrosse

The Michigan men's lacrosse team captured the Big Ten tournament title on Saturday and will face Denver in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Wolverines who are ranked 17th, will face fourth-ranked Denver, which is seeded fifth. The match will be Saturday in Denver at 5 PM EST.

The Michigan Wolverines also got an at-large berth in the women's NCAA lacrosse tournament. Michigan will play in South Bend in the first round. They are ranked fifth and will play Mercer on Friday at 4 p.m. The winner of that match will play Notre Dame or Coastal Carolina on Sunday.

Former Michigan football player passes away

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Former Michigan football player Obi Ezeh has passed away. It was confirmed by the program with a post on X about the former freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. Ezeh finished his career with 293 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and two interceptions in 49 games. He was 36.