Michigan’s offense is the addition of a veteran presence with Texas tech transfer quarterback Alan Bowman, who announced his decision to join the Wolverines on Sunday.
Bowman entered the transfer portal on Jan. 25 and is a graduate transfer, so he is an immediate candidate for Michigan. He threw 1,602 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions for Texas Tech last season and brings three years of experience to the table.
The Wolverines saw quarterback Joe Milton enter the transfer portal on February 18 after Dylan McCaffrey entered the portal on January 21. That left Michigan only with Cade McNamara, who threw 425 yards and five touchdowns last season, and newcomer J.J. McCarthy, the No. 25 recruit overall and the No. 2 quarterback at double threat in the class.
– Alan Bowman (@alanbowman_) February 28, 2021
Bowman provides Michigan yet another option and experience to assist in an offense ranked 78th per game in offensive yards and 44th per game in passing yards.
The Wolverines also added to the defense on Sunday when ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Will Johnson, the No. 29 recruit overall, signed up for the program.
Johnson is the Best In-State Recruit at Grosse Pointe South, Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He chose the Wolverines over Arizona state, Ohio state, Oklahoma, and USC state and is now the highest ranking engagement in Michigan’s 2022 class.
Johnson is now following in the footsteps of his father Deon Johnson, who also played cornerback for the Wolverines in the early 1990s.
The engagement is important to Michigan as it adds an elite player to a secondary who struggled in the 2020 season.
At one point, it seemed that Johnson could get involved with another school. He is good friends with ESPN Jr. 300 defense attorney Domani Jackson, who is involved with USC. The two had said they wanted to be a package deal, but Johnson left alone. It seemed like the state of Ohio had gained momentum at some point in its recruitment, particularly with some uncertainties surrounding Michigan’s defense when Jim Harbaugh fired Defense Coordinator Don Brown.
Harbaugh hired Mike Macdonald as co-defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens and added Maurice Linguist with the Dallas Cowboys as co-defensive coordinator and second coach.
The linguist has worked for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas A&M, Minnesota, Mississippi, the state of Iowa and Buffalo and is considered an excellent recruiter.
Since hiring Linguist, Michigan has added Johnson, Safety Taylor Groves, and athlete Kody Jones to the class. The Wolverines now have a total of six engagements, with Johnson and Jones being the only two in ESPN Jr. 300.