ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Michigan football program's first post-spring departure appears to be imminent.
Jordan Morant, a defensive back who played in eight games during his two seasons in Ann Arbor, has entered his name on the NCAA transfer portal this week, according to a team spokesman.
While the move does not necessarily mean Morant will depart from Michigan, it is a strong indicator that the 6-foot, 210-pound safety is interested in leaving. Coaches from other schools are now free to contact him.
During the Wolverines' 2021 season, Morant appeared in eight games (totaling one tackle). Most of his time was spent on special teams, though he saw action in the secondary in one game.
Morant : "Thank you Michigan. Nothing but love!" in a Friday afternoon post on Twitter, he said. "It's time to go back to the next chapter." Go Blue
Morant, a Parisppany, New Jersey native, was a four-star recruit in 2019 from Bergen Catholic High School, where Rivals and 247Sports both ranked him as a top-200 prospect nationally. According to NJ.com, he was a first-team all-state pick.
Michigan entered the spring with 14 scholarship defensive backs on the roster, including five safeties. Morant was expected to earn additional playing time this fall, but was not mentioned as a prospective starter.
"We need (Morant) to continue to drive, that desire to, in terms of football being very important, top three, of your priorities," Jim Harbaugh said in a podcast interview this week. "Because he has all the natural athletic ability and toughness, can hit, and isn't afraid. He might surface to be that type of guy."
Since the end of the 2021 season, the Wolverines have lost eight players to the transfer portal: Quarterback Dan Villari (Syracuse), offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga (Minnesota), linebacker Anthony Solomon, and defensive backs Darion Green-Warren (Nevada), George Johnson (UMass), Andre Seldon (New Mexico State) and Sammy Faustin.
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