May 28, 2024

We stand on the verge of the highly anticipated Michigan vs. Alabama clash in the Rose Bowl, where the victor will progress to the National Championship in Houston. For some players, this College Football Playoff marks their farewell in the Maize and Blue, while others are committed to returning next season.

Among those gearing up for a return in 2024 is offensive tackle Myles Hinton, a Stanford transfer who, despite playing a limited role in 2023, aims to seize the starting left tackle position with LaDarius Henderson’s departure due to eligibility constraints.

Conversely, offensive lineman Karsen Barnhart has chosen a different path, expressing his intention to enter the NFL after this season. The Michigan native, in college since 2019, made this decision even before the current season kicked off, believing it to be the optimal choice for his future.

Michigan's Myles Hinton, Karsen Barnhart reveal plans for next season - Maize n Brew

Safety Rod Moore contemplates the possibility of returning for his senior year in 2024, emphasizing his focus on the present game rather than clouding his mind with personal future considerations. Moore’s potential return could significantly impact the Wolverines’ secondary.

Several other players, such as Roman Wilson, Kris Jenkins, Braiden McGregor, AJ Barner, Makari Paige, Junior Colson, and Donovan Edwards, are still deliberating their next moves. Some are leaning towards an NFL career, while others face tougher decisions.

Players like Cam Goode, Michael Barrett, Mike Sainristil, and Josh Wallace are reaching the end of their collegiate eligibility, concluding their college journeys after this season.

Lastly, J.J. McCarthy, the third-year quarterback, maintains a steadfast focus on the immediate goal of defeating Alabama and clinching the National Championship. Despite being projected as a first-rounder in mock drafts, McCarthy’s unique character might lead him to consider returning for another year, potentially leaving a lasting legacy at Michigan.

The decisions of these players regarding their future plans will unfold in the coming weeks, with the final deadline for players with remaining collegiate eligibility to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft set for Monday, Jan. 15.

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