Mike Danna grew up in metro Detroit, attended Warren De La Salle and experienced normally dreamed of playing soccer for Michigan.

But immediately after struggling a damaged leg early in his senior year, he fell off the recruiting radar as teams shed desire. Apart from Central Michigan. Danna, a defensive close, was a 1st workforce All-Mid-American meeting defense selection after his overall performance with the Chippewas previous fall. He completed with 65 tackles, like 14 for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also experienced two compelled fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.

Just after graduating from CMU in May with a diploma in entrepreneurship, Danna will relocate to Ann Arbor. He announced this 7 days he will engage in his graduate transfer year at Michigan, where he will be right away suitable this fall.

“It’s a blessing,” Danna said Wednesday night. “As humble a man or woman as I am, I’m having it as an option to confirm to most people what I can do on the subject and off and present who Mike Danna is on off and the subject.”

And who particularly is the 6-foot-2, 257-pound defensive close?

“I’m a genuine, humble, respectful man or woman,” he said. “My dad and mom instilled respect in me at a younger age, and that is just one of my core rules. I’m a down-to-earth man or woman eager to enable anyone or nearly anything. I sense you have to give back again, and that is who I am. Excellent factors transpire to good folks.”

On the subject, on the other hand, great-male Danna transforms.

“When the helmet comes on, it’s a complete 180,” Danna said. “It’s a different male. I don’t test to make close friends when I’m on the subject.”

Danna feels he has a lot more to confirm. Just after entering the transfer portal, he drew sizeable desire but narrowed his decisions to Michigan and UCLA. Just after browsing Michigan this thirty day period with his loved ones, he felt like this was the location where he could blossom even a lot more. He met with defensive coordinator Don Brown and new defensive line mentor Shaun Nua, and put in time with head mentor Jim Harbaugh and many of the gamers.

“Don Brown is a wizard,” Danna said. “He’s clever male. Had a probability to sit down with him, and he told me what I can do for Michigan soccer and what Michigan soccer can do for me. And Nua, that is a really down-to-earth dude. A true genuine great male. He seems at you as a loved ones member and not just a mentor. He talks to you about true-lifestyle factors, not just soccer. He’s an unbelievable male. He has a good aura all over him.”

He will include depth to a posture group that needs a veteran existence now that Rashan Gary, who experienced just one year of eligibility remaining but is projected as an early 1st-spherical NFL Draft selection, and Chase Winovich, voted the team’s MVP previous year, are making ready for the future stage of their soccer careers.

Danna will be part of a group that incorporates Kwity Paye, envisioned to phase into the function vacated by Gary, and Josh Uche, along with Aidan Hutchinson, who acquired playing time previous year as a freshman.

He understands there are no guarantees but is self-confident he can be a starter.

“Of program,” he said. “I assume I have a good probability. But Mentor Harbaugh enable it be regarded all the things has to be acquired. Which is my language. I’m about competing, I’m about hard operate. I don’t want the setting up position handed to me. I want to drop my blood and sweat to sense I acquired it.”

There’s normally place for advancement, and Danna is aware of he’s considerably from a completed solution. He said he would like to operate on getting a a lot more steady player.

“Everyone can be a lot more steady at what they do to be a lot more efficient and powerful,” Danna said. “I want to operate on getting a grinder, a man or woman who hustles each single engage in and be a fighter. Not that I’m not a fighter, but there’s normally a lot more than can be included to arsenal. I’m open up to coaching, and to including instruments to my toolbox.”

Now that he’s no extended aspect of the Chippewas system, Danna is on his very own operating out. He cannot use the CMU facilities and will not be collaborating in spring practice.

He said he has no trouble getting disciplined and gets up early for a exercise session, goes to course, and then gets in a further exercise session in the evening.

“I test to operate out twice a working day. Why not?” he said. “It’s all about me and about me seeking to do it myself. I shouldn’t have to have an individual explain to me I have to operate out at a certain time. I have to do it on my very own. That will help me experienced. In the NFL, you don’t have workforce things to do in the offseason, and this time now is like how it would be in the NFL in the offseason. You have to get it accomplished by yourself.”

Danna will be in Ann Arbor this 7 days to start off having acclimated to the system and his new teammates. He plans to show up at the Michigan-Michigan Condition basketball video game at Crisler Middle.

He has in no way been to a video game at Michigan Stadium. Danna, who will use No. 4 for the Wolverines, said he cannot comprehend what thoughts he will encounter when he at last runs out of the tunnel donning the winged helmet.

“I have no thought what it will be like, but I cannot wait to be a aspect of a little something like that,” Danna said.


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