Michigan loses top recruit Zach Charbonnet to transfer portal


Running back Zach Charbonnet arrived at Michigan with all the hype of being one of the top recruits in the country.

Two years later, it looks like he's leaving.

Charbonnet entered the transfer portal on Monday, according to multiple reports.

It's not a huge surprise. Charbonnet, a top-50 recruit in the nation in 2019, led Michigan in carries as a freshman, but dropped to fourth as a sophomore. He lost playing time last season to junior Hassan Haskins and freshman Blake Corum.

And Michigan is bringing in one of the top running backs in the country next season in Donovan Edwards.

It's not clear if Charbonnet was fully healthy in 2020, a year after taking the ball 149 times and setting the Michigan record for touchdowns (11) by a freshman. He got just 19 carries in five games. He did lead the team with 6.5 yards per carry.

For whatever reason, Charbonnet just didn't see the field as much as he likely envisioned in his second season at Michigan. He'll be seeing it elsewhere whenever he sees it next.