Last week was a big one for the Michigan football team in the transfer portal. The Wolverines landed four commitments near the end of last week, and all four of those players will be able to help their secondary. Michigan did return a lot of key players on defense, but they lost a couple important ones in the secondary. These four transfer portal commits should help out their depth a lot, and one of them is UNLV transfer defensive back Ricky Johnson.

“Ex-UNLV standout cornerback Ricky Johnson will transfer to Michigan, agents Darren Wilson and Chase Moss tell @247Sports,” Matt Zenitz said in a tweet. “The versatile 6-foot-1 Johnson had 71 tackles, 14 pass breakups and four interceptions in his final 25 games at UNLV. Has two more years of eligibility.”

Ricky Johnson is bringing a lot of experience to the Michigan football secondary, and that is something that the Wolverines need. Michigan has lost two expected starters this offseason as Keon Sabb hit the transfer portal and left for Alabama, and Rod Moore tore his ACL. It's unclear when Moore will return from that injury, but ACL tears take a long time to heal up.

The Wolverines needed to add talent to the secondary, and they did a great job of doing so last week. The defense always looked like it was going to be the strength of this team, and after the four recent transfer portal commits, that certainly seems like the case.

Kansas Jayhawks wide receiver Quentin Skinner (0) makes aa catch against UNLV Rebels cornerback Ricky Johnson (32) during the first half at Chase Field.
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Michigan football's transfer class

This offseason has been an important one for the Michigan football team in terms of the transfer portal. After winning the national title last year, head coach Jim Harbaugh left to be the new head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. In today's era of college football, when you lose your head coach, the transfer portal can become a team's biggest enemy.

All in all, new head coach Sherrone Moore has done a great job of keeping the returners together. A lot of talent left for the NFL, but that would've happened even if Harbaugh stayed for another season. The Wolverines only lost 16 players to the transfer portal, and only one of those players was a consistent contributor on last year's team, and that player is Keon Sabb.

In terms of incoming transfers, Michigan is bringing in nine players. The other three commits from last week to go along with Ricky Johnson are Jaden Mangham (Michigan State), Wesley Walker (Tennessee) and Aamir Hall (Albany).

There are still uncommitted players in the transfer portal, so the Wolverines could land more commits. The portal is closed, however, so no one else can enter. Sherrone Moore has done a good job with the portal this offseason.