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Utah Grad Transfer CB Casey Hughes Announces He'll Play Final Season At Michigan

A general view of Utah's football stadium during a night game.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 10: Fans fill Rice Eccles Stadium during the second half of the Utah Utes and Brigham Young Cougars game on September 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah defeated BYU 20-19. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Utah cornerback Casey Hughes will finish his career in the Big Ten.

Michigan upgraded its secondary today with a commitment from a Pac-12 graduate transfer.

Utah redshirt junior Casey Hughes will play his final season with the Wolverines, he announced on Twitter. Hughes will be eligible immediately this fall.

Hughes committed to Michigan after spending the weekend on campus as a visitor.

"It’s a blessing to say that I’ll be finishing my last collegiate season at the University of Michigan," Hughes wrote. "I want to thank the entire Michigan coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to join their program."

After redshirting in 2014, Hughes played in 18 games in 2015 and 2016, recording six tackles and a forced fumble. He worked mostly on special teams but also saw time on defense.

Hughes broke out a bit in 2017, making 35 tackles, forcing two fumbles and bagging a sack in 11 games.

Here is his announcement from earlier:

Hughes' arrival should further boost a Michigan defense that projects to be one of the best in the country in 2018.

Michigan opens its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1. Both teams will be ranked in the preseason polls, and that game will be broadcast in prime time on NBC.