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Eyabi Anoma’s nomadic college football career will end at Michigan.
The former 5-star recruit will join Jim Harbaugh’s Wolverines this year as a graduate transfer, a Michigan spokesperson confirmed to Austin Meek of The Athletic.
Anoma, the 247Sports composite’s fourth-ranked prospect in the class of 2018, began his college career at Alabama before bouncing around to Houston and UT-Martin. He recorded 36 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks last season at UT-Martin, an FCS program.
While there’s never been much doubt about Anoma’s physical talent, his college career has been shrouded by disappointment and questionable behavior. He struggled early in his career at Alabama before transferring to Houston, a stint that has been short-lived after he was kicked off the team for “constant” conditions that included “tardiness, skipping class, clashing with teammates and insubordination,” per Matt Zenitz of AL.com.
Zenitz reported Anoma had exactly the same issues behind the scenes at Alabama.
There have been no such negative reports appearing out of UT-Martin, perhaps an indicator Anoma’s maturity level has swept up to his physical prowess. Anoma is listed at 6’5″ and 250 pounds, drawing a lofty comparison to Chandler Jones appearing out of senior high school from Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard.
Your choice to transfer now instead of earlier come early july is really a little curious, given we’re just fourteen days from Michigan opening its 2022 season against Colorado State. Players have been around in practice for weeks now picking right up terminology and attempting to earn playing time.
Anoma will enter camp at a deficit, but he may find an opening for a Michigan team seeking to replace edge-rushers Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo.