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Looks like IU just grabbed an O-lineman from Michigan

Zach Carpenter tweets that he’s coming to Indiana

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A former Michigan interior lineman says he’s on his way to Bloomington.

Zach Carpenter, a redshirt sophomore who started two games at center for the Wolverines this fall, tweeted Thursday night that he is transferring to Indiana. The Cincinnati native was a three-star recruit in the 2019 cycle who held offers from IU, Clemson, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Arkansas and Oregon, among others.

“Excited to start a new opportunity as a Hoosier,” Carpenter tweeted, tagging Tom Allen and offensive line coach Darren Hiller.

Carpenter was named Michigan’s Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year in 2019, and thanks to the NCAA’s blanket waiver for 2020 fall athletes, it is believed he’ll have four years of eligibility with Indiana. He announced on Dec. 10 that he entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Here’s what 247 Sports national analyst Allen Trieu wrote about Carpenter during the recruiting process:

Wide-bodied, thickly-built interior prospect. Average length. Strength, toughness, and experience playing high-level competition are all pluses. Powerful and knocks defenders off balance with initial contact. Given his size, he gets around the field and into the second level well. Dominant in the run game. Plays with mean streak and finishes his blocks. Same strength and punch help him in pass pro, but he can still work on footwork there. Not the prettiest prospect, not the best tester, but a kid who controlled the guy across from him consistently on film. Has experience at several positions on the line, but guard is the most likely projection. Will be a tough guy to keep off the field because of strength and approach to the game and we would expect him to be a multi-year college starter.

At worst, this feels like a great depth addition for Indiana — and IU needs solid depth on the inside of the line. Starting center Harry Crider, a senior, said earlier this week he’ll decide after Saturday’s Outback Bowl whether he’ll return for his available fifth year.