QB Dan Villari announces transfer from Michigan to Syracuse Orange
January 13, 2022
Michigan's QB Dan Villari, who as four years of eligibility left, announced that he would transfer to Syracuse. Villari is a former three-star recruit.
Villari is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound quarterback out of New York's Plainedge High School. He was regarded as a three-star recruit by 247Sports, and he showed a dual-threat ability during his senior season. On his announcement on Instagram, he wrote, "I'm coming home (signed emoji, orange emoji)."
With the transfer of quarterback Tommy DeVito and receiver Dillon Markiewicz, the Syracuse football team lost its only quarterback from its 2022 roster. However, the program still has Justin Lamson and JaCobian Morgan as backup quarterbacks.
Three former SU players who entered the transfer portal have decided to transfer to FIU. The school announced that defensive end Latarie Kinsler, wide receiver Sharod Johnson, and cornerback Adrian Cole will be heading to FIU.
Cole started nine games and had 17 tackles. Johnson saw increased playing time after the transfer of Taj Harris. The WR also started in nine games and had 14 receptions for 184 yards. Meanwhile, Kinsler didn't appear in any games the past two seasons.
During his time as a Wolverine, Villari started four games and completed one of three passes for 26 yards. He also rushed for 35 yards.
What's next for Wolverines
The Wolverines lost several key players other than Villari, including offensive lineman Nolan Rumler, safety George Johnson III, and linebacker Anthony Solomon.
Michigan was also able to reach out to DeaMonte Trayanum, a former Arizona State running back. However, he decided to transfer to Ohio State instead. Currently, Michigan is trying to fill its roster with the right players.
Michigan has its eye on Buffalo RB Dylan McDuffie. The Wolverines decided to pursue Trayanum primarily due to the departure of Hassan Haskins, who became a star in the NFL.
With a 6-foot and 207-pound frame, McDuffie has the size and the speed to make a difference in the trenches.
The Buffalo running back gained over a thousand yards during the 2021 season. However, he only saw his role increase as the season went on, especially after Kevin Marks Jr's season-ending injury. McDuffie had an average of 5.1 yards per carry, while Marks Jr only had 3.8.
With the departure of Mike Washington and Kolbe Burrell, McDuffie would be the leading back for the Buffalos next season if only he withdrew his name from the NCAA transfer portal.
Michigan also keeps its eyes on UCLA DL Tiaoalii Savea. Last year, the Wolverines were able to pull off a major upset when Jay Toia de-committed from the University of Southern California and decided to stay in Los Angeles.
The Wolverines might return the favor if it could land the four-star recruit Savea. The defensive end was able to play in 10 games for the Bruins and recorded seven tackles, two hurries, and a pass deflection.
Savea, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman, is a versatile player who could play in various positions on the field. Due to the Bruins' 3-4 scheme, he would be able to contribute immediately as a defensive lineman.
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