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Posted on Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 2:15 p.m.

Tamani Carter, 1st player to commit to Brady Hoke at Michigan, leaves program

By Kyle Meinke

Redshirt freshman defensive back Tamani Carter, the first player to commit to the Brady Hoke Era, has left the Michigan football team.

Hoke announced the move Sunday at the team's media day at Schembechler Hall. He did not provide a reason for the departure.

"He's a great young man," Hoke said. "But, he decided to leave, and I'll leave it at that."


Tamani Carter

Carter, a Pickerington, Ohio, native, committed to the Wolverines just nine days after Hoke was hired to replace Rich Rodriguez last year. He was Hoke's first pledge.

He redshirted last season, and was not expected to see much time on defense this year after Michigan's secondary lost only one defensive back (Troy Woolfolk) from its two-deep roster.

Even in nickel packages, which use an extra defensive back, Michigan returns junior Courtney Avery and sophomores Raymon Taylor and Delonte Hollowell.

Carter is the second defensive back to leave Michigan this summer, joining junior Terrence Talbott. Neither was expected to play a significant role on defense.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 4:53 p.m.

That was quick. Good thing Hoke signs about a half dozen DB's every year. Wonder what he promised him? Always a young team and big recruiting class for umich. Looks like another.


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

I am guessing there is now room for one more in the 2013 draft class. They should be able to have up to 26 because of the two losses recently. That could be a good thing since they are in the running for some top recruits.


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 3:28 a.m.

Didn't know much about him. This is what I found: "When Tamani Carter committed out of nowhere in late January Michigan fans scrambled to find out who the hell he was. The answer, oddly: a guy who had committed to Minnesota less than two weeks before. It's not hard to envision Hoke and company arriving at Michigan, surveying their secondary, and going "oh shiiiiiiiiii." Carter looked like a vaguely plausible guy so plunk went the offer gun. "But despite an extremely plausible story—and the fact that he signed up to play for Minnesota's perpetually beleaguered secondary—that implies Carter is just a random guy destined for special teams duty, he did have a decent offer list. Arizona was after him so hard they're still breathless about their not-very-narrow miss months later (they "made a huge run at him"). He made multiple visits to Stanford and seemingly had an Iowa offer. Those three schools seemed to constitute a top three through his senior season. Snagging a kid away from those three and Minnesota is considerably more encouraging than "best case: Gopher starter." "Of course, you're very cynical so you're asking yourself why on earth anyone with those offers would end up at Minnesota. While he did have an offer from the Hawkeyes at some point, he went from planning an official to Iowa City($) in October to not taking an officials other than one to Arizona, so it seems likely Iowa withdrew that sometime during the middle of the season. The same presumably goes for Stanford. So he wasn't an enormous priority for either. When you're adrift in a post-Process January, though, anyone who could play at Iowa or Harbaugh-era Stanford starts looking pretty good. "


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 3:31 a.m.

more questions than answers...


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

How fitting. And he didn't get a DUI, steal a laptop, damage an automobile.....?


Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 3:12 p.m.

Where's the Big 10 championship? Where's the Legends championship? Where's the last win? 7-1 14-2 19-5 26-6 Spartans "league best" winning percentages in the BIG 10 over the last 1, 2, 3 and 4 years. chUMps gained 170 yards of total offense against a mediocre ACC team while the Spartans recorded 17 TACKLES FOR LOSS vs. the SEC East Champs. Beat MSU...then talk! How many more years is it going to take? Your team is SOFT as Charmin. Physical teams like MSU and BAMA gonna rip you a new one. Good thing that you don't have to play the BADgers. UM at best #5 team in the BIG behind MSU, UW, OSU and Nebraska. DumRob the MOST OVERRATED player in NCAA football history. Big Al Borges a TERRIBLE OC. Spartans crushed his wimpy offense in 2011 and will do so again in 2012...won't even need to break a sweat to make it 5 in a row. There is NO THREAT!

Ted Bundy

Mon, Aug 13, 2012 : 12:50 p.m.

Where's the BCS?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 10:04 p.m.

Play me or trade me....


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

Good luck to the young man. Looks like some roster space. Good truly does come from bad.