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Ex-Michigan LB Drew Singleton is staying in the Big Ten

A new NCAA rule prohibiting college football coaches from blocking transfers from potential schools has been lifted, and a former Michigan linebacker is taking full advantage of it.

Drew Singleton, who made his intentions known in October that he planned on transferring from Michigan, is staying in the Big Ten.

The 6-foot-2, 219-pound linebacker announced Sunday night that he is transferring to Rutgers, to play for head coach Chris Ash. After sitting out a season, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“I would like to thank the University of Michigan and Coach Harbaugh and the rest of the organization for allowing me to be part of their program,” Singleton wrote, in part, in a note published on Twitter.

“I will be transferring from the university of Michigan to continue my football career as well as education at the University of Rutgers. Coach Ash and his staff has been amazing and transparent through this whole recruiting process and I would like to thank them as well for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents.”

Singleton, of Union City, N.J., will be returning home. He was a four-star recruit in 2017 out of Paramus Catholic High School, where 247Sports ranked him as the No. 80 overall prospect and No. 1 player in the state of New Jersey.

He redshirted his freshman season, then appeared in seven games during the 2018 season, primarily on a special teams role. MLive previously reported on Singleton’s plan to transfer.

Last week, offensive tackle James Hudson, another four-star prospect in Michigan’s 2017 recruiting class, announced that he planned to transfer to Cincinnati for the 2018 season.

As for that new rule, which went into effect in October, the NCAA says head coaches can no longer dictate to a student-athlete where he or she can transfer to. In the past, coaches have placed restrictions on transfers, limiting them from playing at specific institutions on a future schedule or in the same athletic conference.

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