Cornerback Justin Turner is leaving the Michigan football team, the university announced Wednesday.
"Justin has asked for and received his release to transfer," Michigan spokesperson Dave Ablauf said. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."
Ablauf said the release was granted Tuesday, and it was unclear where Turner intended to resume his college career.
His career at Michigan never got off the ground.
He arrived as a highly touted recruit in the summer of 2009 with hopes of seeing playing time as a true freshman. But a delay in processing from the NCAA Clearinghouse kept him off the practice field several days last summer.
The lost time set him back. Despite a need for talented defensive backs last season, the Wolverines elected to redshirt him.
Cornerback Donovan Warren liked what he saw from Turner last season.
"He has some of the longest arms I've seen for a defensive back," Warren said last year. "Up in press man (coverage), he can jam a receiver from three yards off. That's just something that's God given."
Turner was a consensus top 40 national recruit from Massillon, Ohio. He was ranked as a five-star recruit by Scout.com and named the best player in Ohio from his recruiting class by Rivals.com.
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