New transfer portal commitment is perfect for Michigan football

Michigan football landed a third-team All-Big Ten offensive guard and a 12-game starter for Northwestern this season in the transfer portal.
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Michigan football continues to be a popular landing spot for transfer portal offensive linemen as the Wolverines landed another talented player up front in former Northwestern offensive lineman Josh Priebe.

Priebe was selected to the Third-Team All-Big Ten Offensive team by the media and has logged over 1,700 snaps at offensive guard for the Wildcats. He's also started 28 games and was one of Northwestern's team captains from this past season.

The perfect fit for Michigan football

There are a few reasons why Preiebe is a great fit for Michigan football, but this feels like another addition along the lines of Drake Nugent or LaDarius Henderson. The Wolverines are going to need two starting offensive guards next season as Trevor Keegan and Zak Zinter are sure bets to head to the NFL next season.

Giovanni El-Hadi, Karsen Barnhart (if he returns) and others could compete for the starting job next season, but landing an All-Big Ten offensive guard is about as good as you can do replacing Zinter and Keegan.

Another reason that Priebe is a perfect fit for Michigan football is that he's a former team captain. The Wolverines really care about their culture and they aren't about adding big-money players from the transfer portal -- they just want good players that want to win.

Priebe isn't the kind of addition that will enter into national narratives, but playing winning football certainly means having a quality offensive line. The Wolverines are poised to lose their best tandem of guards since the late 1990s and this is a good step in the right direction.

This is also the second projected starter added from the transfer portal. The other is Jaishawn Barham, a former starter at Maryland with seven sacks and 98 tackles over the past two seasons. The Wolverines have some other targets too as Jahmal Banks from Wake Forest is also scheduled to visit Michigan during the first part of January.