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Michigan football transfer portal: Wolverines may target Ohio State transfer wideout

Could the 2023 Michigan football transfer portal class add a major Buckeye wideout prospect?



2023 Michigan football transfer portal, Caleb Burton
Aug 4, 2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Caleb Burton (12) catches a pass during the first fall football practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Ohio State Football First Practice

With the recent transfer of former Wolverine AJ Henning, wide receiver has become a pretty serious need for the Wolverines. Talent isn’t necessarily the issue, but with three receivers leaving Michigan football this offseason, depth has become a concern. Now, a potential 2023 Michigan football transfer portal target to fill that need could come from within the conference as Ohio State wide receiver Caleb Burton hit the portal today

Michigan football transfer portal 2023: Former Buckeye a new target for the Wolverines?

There’s no question that Ohio State consistently puts out some of the best wide receiver talent in college football. Some big names to come out of the Buckeye program include players like Michael Thomas, Terry McLaurin, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. Even this coming draft, one of the best wide receivers is a former Buckeye, with Jaxon Smith-Njigba projected as high as the first round.

With production like this, it’s only natural that some talented players will end up buried on the depth chart. This is the exact case with Caleb Burton. Burton was one of the best wide receiver prospects to come out of the class of 2022 and has the potential to be a star in college football. Unfortunately, he found himself buried in an Ohio State wide receiver room with some of the best talent in the country.

Now, as Burton enters the transfer portal, he has the power to go just about anywhere in the country and become an immediate contributor. For instance, if he wanted to, he could go to play for Michigan football and compete for a starting spot right away.

Burton as a prospect

As mentioned previously, Burton came out of high school as one of the best receivers in the country. According to 247 Sports, he was listed as the No. 132 player in the country, the No. 21 wide receiver and the No. 22 player out of Texas.

Listed at 6 feet, 165 pounds, Burton has never really had the imposing size many look for in receivers nowadays. Still, don’t let this scare you off of him. He more than makes up for his size with stellar route running and his ability to high-point a ball. Overall, he has the makings to be a star, especially considering how much he can still improve.

Ultimately, he might not choose Michigan, but he could be a perfect plug-and-play if he wanted. Not only would he be joining a championship contender, but he could be an impact player on said contender. Keep an eye on Burton as the transfer portal process continues. He could be the next great Wolverine wide receiver in a year or two.

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A recent graduate from Kalamazoo College, Tyler has four years experience in sports writing. He currently works as assistant editor for Blue By Ninety and specializes in a variety of sports such as football, swimming and diving, and basketball.