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Thursday, January 26, 2012

5 Former chUMp Recruits Land in Non-BCS Homes

So much for highly ranked recruiting classes! The Spartans have yet to "score" higher than chUMps on signing day during the Dantonio era. If you subtract all the players who left either team, for any reason other than injury, and still use the signing day "star" assignments, would the Spartans rank move ahead of chUMps in any year? If not, then the MSU coaching staff's ability to evaluate and develop talent, leadership and teamwork is even better than we thought. I think this re-calculation of annual recruiting rankings would be a good homework assignment for Mark, SpartanMan or SpartanDan...

Story by  Kyle Meinke of the

Former Michigan safety Carvin Johnson has transferred to Hampton University, according to The Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

Johnson left the Wolverines on Nov. 1, becoming the sixth and most recent departure since the hiring of coach Brady Hoke 12 months ago. The sophomore played in all eight games before his exit, recording 14 tackles and seeing action on special teams.

He now joins the FCS-member Pirates, the former team of Michigan linebacker Marrell Evans.

Johnson joins a trend of former Michigan players finding homes outside the BCS conferences.

Freshman cornerback Greg Brown, who also left the program during the regular season, has landed at Division II Findlay. Freshman tight end Chris Barnett is at a junior college in his native Texas. Junior receiver Je'ron Stokes is at Bowling Green.

Offensive lineman Tony Posada has left football all together.

The only exception is freshman linebacker Kellen Jones, who left the Wolverines in late summer. He joined Oklahoma in time to play this past season as a freshman, recording 10 tackles in 12 games.

No reason for any of the departures has been provided by Michigan. A message left for Johnson seeking comment has not been returned.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.


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