After weeks of speculation, former Central Michigan defensive end Mike Danna announced his intention to transfer to the University of Michigan football program on Tuesday afternoon.
Danna, the six-foot-two, 257 lb. prospect from Warren De La Salle High School, is a graduate transfer who is expected to have one year of eligibility upon enrolling in Ann Arbor. He projects to be a starter in the Michigan defensive end rotation and will likely replace one of the positions formerly occupied by Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich, both of whom entered the 2019 NFL Draft.
Danna entered the portal on Jan. 25th, and received an offer from Jim Harbaugh’s staff during an official visit to Ann Arbor in early February, per Central Michigan Life’s Evan Petzold. He signed less than two weeks after the visit.
At Central Michigan, Danna was an intregal part of the Chippewas defense, with 151 total tackles, 28 tackles-for-loss for 160 yards, 15 sacks for 125 yards, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns in 38 games as a Chippewa. 2018 was Danna’s breakout season, as he compiled 66 total tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks and two defensive touchdowns from recovered fumbles, earning first-team All-MAC and first-team Pro Football Focus All-American Honors. He was also named the recipient of the Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player award.
CMU signed three defensive linemen in the 2019 signing class between the early signing day and the national signing day, and currently rosters 13 non-true freshmen players at the defensive line positions.