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Michigan football making a move on top-ranked SEC transfer portal target

The Wolverines are going after one of the top SEC transfers right now.



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Dec 31, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts from the sideline during the second half in the Orange Bowl college football CFP national semifinal game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

Today, Michigan football hit the transfer portal once again to bring in yet another specialist — a punter/kicker — to Ann Arbor for the 2023 season. So far, the Wolverines have been using the transfer portal quite a bit in order to fill team needs, and today, it was confirmed that the Wolverines have a new portal target in mind: former top 70 recruit Tywone Malone of Ole Miss.

Malone is a massive defensive lineman who was initially recruited heavily by the Wolverines as a part of the class of 2021; Michigan football missed out the first time as he opted to commit to Ole Miss, though it appears Jim Harbaugh and his staff have a second chance with him in the portal.

According to Hayes Fawcett of On3 Sports, Michigan football is one of a few teams to reach out to him during the transfer portal window, meaning he could be a top target for the Wolverines to add some extra presence via the portal ahead of the 2023 college football season. Seeing as the Big Ten is home to three of the top-5 running back rooms in the nation, the Wolverines cannot have too many big bodies in the middle of the defensive line this year.

Michigan football contacts former major top 70 recruiting target in the transfer portal

The Wolverines are losing one of the top defensive tackles in the nation to the NFL Draft and must find a new replacement via the portal or otherwise. Today, it was confirmed that Tywone Malone — a huge defensive tackle from Ole Miss — is on Michigan’s radar as a transfer portal target ahead of the 2023 season.

Currently, there is an abundance of talent in the transfer portal. However, the fact that Malone was once a four-star recruiting target for the Michigan football team may catch the attention of the coaching staff. During his recruitment, Malone was targeted by the Wolverines as a major regional prospect and was ranked as the 63rd recruit nationally, the 11th-best defensive tackle, and the number-one recruit in New Jersey in the 2021 recruiting class.

Malone boasts an imposing 6-foot-4, 305-pound frame and could be the solution to Jim Harbaugh’s search for a stronger interior in the Wolverines’ formidable Big Ten defensive line. Given the presence of powerful rushing teams like Penn State and Ohio State in the conference, recruiting top-rated defensive linemen can make the difference between victory and defeat for Harbaugh & Co. Malone’s size and local connections make him a suitable candidate for the position.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball. Right now, CJ is the publisher of Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. Previously, CJ has made stops with Fansided, The Michigan Daily, and more.