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Michigan football transfer portal addition is hungry and gunning for a national title

A new Michigan football transfer signee is coming to Ann Arbor to win a national title and prove that he belongs.



Michigan football transfer portal addition, Josaiah Stewart
Apr 1, 2023; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines helmet on the sideline during the Spring Game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 Michigan football transfer portal class is largely regarded as one of the best in the nation. The Wolverines had few roster holes to fill after an incredible season last fall. However, whatever remaining question marks the program had were promptly addressed through a series of impressive transfer acquisitions by Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff. One of these new commits, Josaiah Stewart, could have a significant impact in the Maize and Blue this upcoming season.

New Michigan football transfer portal addition is hungry

During his time with Coastal Carolina, Josaiah Stewart stood out as a defensive end, making his mark on their Group of Five program as it aimed to rise through the ranks. Stewart recorded 80 tackles, 16 sacks, and four fumble recoveries during his tenure with Coastal Carolina. Following his most recent season in the Black and Teal, Stewart entered the transfer portal and was swiftly picked up by Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan football program.

“I’m coming in hungry, I always have a chip on my shoulder,” he said after the 2023 Michigan football spring game. “Either I am undersized, under-recruited, or whatever the case may be; I am always hungry, so nothing has changed [since being at Costal Carolina].”

Josaiah Stewart looking to prove that he belongs in the Big Ten

As we approach the 2023 season, this four-star addition to Michigan football via the transfer portal appears poised for some significant moments in the fall. Stewart is arriving in Ann Arbor to address a noticeable need for the Wolverines at defensive end. Just as we witnessed the previous season, Michigan is losing two of its top pass rushers, including All-Big Ten edge rusher Mike Morris, before the new campaign. Stewart, alongside rising stars like Braiden McGregor and others, will be filling that void.

“I belong here,” he said when asked about what he intends to prove during his time in Ann Arbor. “Everybody is doubting, everybody is questioning, you know, ‘how can he play in the Big Ten?’ Well, I’m going to show you guys, that’s all there is to it.”

Fueling the pursuit of a national title in year one

The upcoming fall could be a pivotal season for Josaiah Stewart, the new addition from the Michigan football transfer portal. He is certainly a name to keep an eye on as the team enters summer training and beyond. Despite his lack of Power Five experience and his young tenure with the Wolverines, it’s clear that Josaiah Stewart is well-aware of what is expected of him and his team.

“You can tell [Michigan football] is a winning environment,” Stewart continued. “You can tell how seriously they take winning here, and we all know what the goal is — it’s not just the Big Ten Championship, it’s a national championship. And you can feel that as soon as you walk in the building.”

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