ESPN names a transfer as Michigan football’s top newcomer for the 2023 season

Michigan football didn’t have a stellar recruiting class in 2023. According to 247Sports composite, the Wolverines finished with the No. 18 class for the 2023 cycle.

The maize and blue didn’t have a disastrous recruiting cycle, but it was not as good as it’s been under Harbaugh. In fact, this was the lowest Michigan finished in the rankings since 2018 when the maize and blue were 22nd based on  the composite.

While Michigan didn’t bring in any five-star players this cycle, the Wolverines brought in a quality class. To make the 2023 class better, Michigan dug into the transfer portal. The Wolverines finished with the No. 14 transfer portal class.

Adam Rittenberg, along with other ESPN staff writers, wrote about the top newcomer on each top-25 football team for the 2023 season.

Rittenberg said Nebraska transfer Ernest Hausmann just might be the biggest get for the Wolverines.

The portal continues to be fruitful for Michigan, which got its biggest boost from a transfer last season (center Olu Oluwatimi from Virginia). Don’t be surprised if linebacker Ernest Hausmann has a similar effect for the Wolverines’ defense, which struggled in the CFP semifinal loss to TCU. Hausmann started seven games as a true freshman at Nebraska, recording 54 tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery. He joins a linebacker group led by top tackler Junior Colson and talented rusher Jaylen Harrell but still wants more reliable options. Hausmann fills a clear need for Michigan in 2023. Another potential impact transfer on defense is edge Josaiah Stewart, who led the Sun Belt in sacks two years ago (12.5) and could help a front that loses sacks leader Mike Morris.

Rittenberg also mentioned Stewart, who should see a sizable role next season. But the Wolverines also gained three offensive linemen out of the portal who fans could see starting next season: Drake Nugent, La’Darius Henderson and Myles Hinton.

More Football!

Aidan Hutchinson wins Pepsi Rookie of the Year

Michigan football star says the Wolverines are going to 'win the national championship'

USA TODAY Sports says Michigan football has a top 10 transfer class for 2023

Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire