The writing appeared to be on the wall for this one when people started penciling in the blue-chip freshmen over him, but we’re still going to let out a sigh for the talented quasi-Peppers who was working back from a bad injury most of his time at Michigan.
— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) April 15, 2022
Morant, the nation’s highest-ranked safety when he committed, got in 8 games in two seasons, preserving all of his eligibility with the COVID season and a redshirt last year. A late high school injury and a screw in his leg held Morant out while classmates RJ Moten and Makari Paige—both 4-stars in their own rights—settled in as the next wave behind Dax and Hawkins. Morant was also a raw, if talented, prospect, and projected to a role closer to 2016 Peppers on the linebacker scale than 2021 Dax Hill.
With freshman eligibility and all that time to make up, he was going to be battling the next wave of well-regarded safeties, and with his recruiters Don Brown, Chris Partridge and Anthony Campanile (brother of Morant’s high school coach Vito) long gone, it makes sense for Morant to seek out more surmountable depth charts. He’ll have Michigan fans still rooting for him wherever that may be.
Michigan has Rod Moore, Keon Sabb, Zeke Berry, and Damani Dent from the last two classes to go with Moten, Paige, and Quinten Johnson so depth at safety is still strong, while Michael Barrett and Caden Kolesar are both more than serviceable in the more hybrid LB/S role. Counting the return of DT Donovan Jeter they’re at 88 scholarships for 2022.
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