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Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

Safety Carvin Johnson is fifth former Michigan player to land outside BCS conferences

By Kyle Meinke


Carvin Johnson (13) celebrates a play during the Michigan spring game. He left the program in November and has landed at Hampton University.

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Former Michigan safety Carvin Johnson has transferred to Hampton University, according to The Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

Johnson left the Wolverines on Nov. 1, becoming the sixth and most recent departure since the hiring of coach Brady Hoke 12 months ago. The sophomore played in all eight games before his exit, recording 14 tackles and seeing action on special teams.

He now joins the FCS-member Pirates, the former team of Michigan linebacker Marrell Evans.

Johnson joins a trend of former Michigan players finding homes outside the BCS conferences.


Carvin Johnson

Freshman cornerback Greg Brown, who also left the program during the regular season, has landed at Division II Findlay. Freshman tight end Chris Barnett is at a junior college in his native Texas. Junior receiver Je'ron Stokes is at Bowling Green.

Offensive lineman Tony Posada has left football all together.

The only exception is freshman linebacker Kellen Jones, who left the Wolverines in late summer. He joined Oklahoma in time to play this past season as a freshman, recording 10 tackles in 12 games.

No reason for any of the departures has been provided by Michigan. A message left for Johnson seeking comment has not been returned.

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



Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

Nice update. It strikes me that several of these young men really traded down to play at much smaller colleges, except Kellen Jones at U-OK. Good luck to all of them.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 3:37 p.m.

Why stay and sit on the bench.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

This probably would not have happened if Urban Myer was here :(

Nathan Parke

Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 6:26 a.m.

Ted if you love Rural Lier so much then go root for O$U. I really tired of seeing all these so called Michigan fans tremble and shake because of their fear of Meyer. Hoke and Co. have proved that they can recruit and coach. We shouldnt be scared of Meyer at all, This is Michigan for god sakes.

Terry Star21

Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 2:10 a.m.

If meyer was here we'd be 6-6 and looking for a new coach in a year or two when he has a 'medical issue' again.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 12:35 a.m.

Interesting follow up. Thanks for the update. Do we know which of these guys were former coach's recruits vs. Hoke recruits? At least 2 of them were from Hoke, I think. Just goes to show you that recruiting rankings and success mean nothing. Good luck to these guys. I hope they find their success and happiness.


Fri, Jan 27, 2012 : 12:19 a.m.

Y'know, it may be an academic reason vs. an athletic reason sometimes, doesn't necessarily mean a kid is less committed to playing football. Wishing all of the transfers well. Go Blue.


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 11:57 p.m.

so how many scholorships do they have for this year ?


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:45 p.m.

Read between the lines------ With the exception of Oklahoma all of the new schools are at a lower level than Big Ten football. It is very very tough for a kid to commit his whole life to football during his college years---he has to really love it.

Brian Nylaan

Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 10:11 p.m.

"Those who stay will be Champions". Nuff said......


Thu, Jan 26, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

As Michigan continues to upgrade its talent, attrition will become more of the norm, than the unusual.