Central Michigan DE Mike Danna visits Michigan as potential transfer


Central Michigan defensive end Mike Danna walks into Kelly/Shorts Stadium for CMU's game against Maine on Sept. 22, 2018.

The pipeline of Michigan football players transferring to Central Michigan has been aplenty over the past few years.

However, it just got intriguing, as a player from the Chippewas is currently considering a transfer to play for the Wolverines.

CMU defensive end Mike Danna officially visited Michigan from Feb. 1-3.

Danna, on Jan. 26, put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Since Danna is graduating at the end of the semester, he will be eligible to leave CMU as a graduate transfer and granted immediate eligibility.

When a player enters their name into the NCAA's new portal, it allows other programs to contact them. With the new model, players no longer need to request permission from their current programs to check out other programs.

However, entering the portal does not mean a player is guaranteed to transfer. It just gives them an option to look elsewhere.

Danna, a 6-foot-2, 257-pound star, made 65 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two touchdowns for the Chippewas in 2018. He was a member of the All-Mid-American Conference First Team defense.

Those to transfer from Michigan to CMU in recent history includes quarterback Shane Morris, defensive end Deron Irving-Bey, offensive tackle Ja'Raymond Hall and kicker Ryan Tice. CMU also nabbed former Michigan wide receivers coach Jim McElwain as its new head coach.

Michigan added CMU tight ends coach Sherrone Moore to its staff after the 2017 season. He worked in the same capacity for the Wolverines throughout 2018. 

Running back Tru Wilson, an old teammate of Danna's at Warren De La Salle, currently plays for Michigan.