ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan football surprised many in the college football world earlier this month when it was announced that the Wolverines brought in former college official Eyabi Anoma as a post-grad transfer.
Corn and blue were heavily involved in Anoma’s recruiting, but the five-star running back and frontrunner in the class of 2018 ultimately chose Alabama as his destination of choice. However, he was released from the team after his freshman campaign and transferred to Houston, where he did not serve a full season, as he too was released from the team. He transferred to UT-Martin, where he finally got a chance to play in 2021, and recorded six sacks once he was finally able to start.
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On Monday, Harbaugh finally spoke about adding Anoma to the show, noting that he hopes he gets some playing time in Week 1.
“Eyabi Anoma has been practicing with the team for about 10 days, 12 days, something like that,” Harbaugh said. “He has been very good. He has been a great teammate and he looks forward to seeing what he can do next season.
“Hopefully I’m playing right away in the first game. He showed some outstanding assets that he can bring to the team.”
In general, Michigan has steered clear of players who have checkered pasts, as Anoma seems to have. However, since the Wolverines have multiple players from the same high school, Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy, as well as their former head coach in Biff Poggi, the assistant head coach in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh says feel good that there will be no problem.
“Eyabi graduated from Tennessee-Martin. Very easy process to talk to your former teammates who are on our team,” Harbaugh said. “Eyabi is someone we recruited, I recruited, fresh out of high school and always felt like we finished second on that. I have always really enjoyed being around Eyabi. I’m not aware of the vague off-field issues you’re referring to. But, the way he is now, he’s a college graduate, really endorsed by his teammates and he’s a great guy to be around on a day-to-day basis.
“No man knows the future, but I think it looks very good and bright for Eyabi.”
Fans will get their first chance to see Anoma in action on Saturday when the Wolverines host the Colorado State Rams at The Big House. Kickoff will be at noon EDT and the game will be broadcast nationally on ABC.