Michigan appears to have lost one player already and another is rumored to be in the process of leaving. Freshman linebacker Taylor Hill apparently has decided to transfer and already has left Ann Arbor. News of his transfer comes via his Facebook page, where another Michigan football player posted something on his “wall” about how he didn’t even know Hill left until someone else told him. Also, the message included a question about where Hill is going to college now, indicating that he is in fact transferring.
Another player that may be leaving is freshman running back Mike Cox. MGoBlog reported that Cox is preparing to transfer in the near future, and it would make sense. Cox was recruited by Lloyd Carr and committed when Carr was still the head coach. Despite not being a great fit for the spread offense, he decided to stick around. The assumption was that he would redshirt this season and hope to somehow move up the depth chart during the remainder of his career. With both Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw in front of him already, you can understand why a transfer would make sense.
As far as Hill goes, I have no idea why he is gone. Hill was a Rich Rodriguez recruit and was seen as someone that could possibly become a starter down the road in his career. He also probably would have redshirted this season, giving him 4 years to work his way into a starting position.
I will say that it isn’t confirmed that either of these players is in fact transferring. However, judging by the comments of a teammate on Hill’s Facebook page, it seems he already is gone. There are no signs right now that Cox has decided to transfer or stay, so I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out more regarding his status.
UPDATE: Mike Cox isn’t going to transfer and Taylor Hill is already gone.