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Keon Sabb transfer: Former Michigan football safety commits to Alabama, Kalen DeBoer

One of the most prominent transfers from Michigan football has found a new squad.

Former top-100 safety recruit Keon Sabb has transferred to play football for Alabama, according to The Tuscaloosa News, which also states that Sabb is already enrolled in school at the University of Alabama. The news was first reported by the university’s NIL collective and then verified by the publication. Later, Sabb used On3’s Hayes Fawcett to announce his transfer to the Crimson Tide.

After Jim Harbaugh was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers, Sabb went through the transfer portal. His choice was probably influenced by the multiple exits of other Michigan coaching staff members. Jay Harbaugh, the positional coach for the Buffalo Bills, and co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale are among the departing players.

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The Glassboro, New Jersey native finished with six tackles and two pass breakups in Michigan’s national championship victory over Washington, who was coached by now-Alabama coach Kalen DeBoer.

“At this time I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has supported me during my time at the University of Michigan,” Sabb wrote in a social media post Tuesday afternoon. “To Coaches Harbaugh, Minster, Clinkscale, Moore, Jay, Herb and the entire support staff. My brothers and teammates who I have much respect for, my professors, the entire student body and the incredible alumni.

“Michigan is a very special place and I will always cherish the time that I spent here and the historic run that I got to be a part of. Thank you!! Go Blue!!”

Here’s what you need to know on Sabb’s departure from Michigan:

Why did Keon Sabb transfer from Michigan?

Per NCAA transfer portal rules, Sabb was able to leave Michigan via a 30-day transfer window that opened following head coach Jim Harbaugh’s departure to the NFL. Sabb entered the portal on Friday.

Jim Harbaugh’s NFL departure opened the transfer portal for Sabb, but other coaching departures likely impacted his decision to transfer. Clinkscale, Michigan’s co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, followed Harbaugh to Los Angeles. Sabb’s position coach, Jay Harbaugh, left the program to be the special teams coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.

At Alabama, Sabb is likely to see significant playing time — and fill a position of need for the Crimson Tide after Caleb Downs transferred to Ohio State and Jaylen Key declared for the NFL draft. Sabb is one of three different Wolverines who opted to go into the transfer portal following Harbaugh’s departure for the NFL. He will have three years of eligibility left at Alabama.

Sabb, originally from Glassboro, New Jersey, was a highly recruited high school player in the 2022 recruiting class out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Coming out of high school, he was considered a four-star prospect and top-100 player according to his 247Sports Composite page.

Sabb has a similarly high ranking as a transfer: He is deemed a four-star player, the No. 4 safety and the No. 57 player to enter the portal overall.

Keon Sabb stats

In 2023, Sabb enjoyed a breakthrough season as a sophomore for the Wolverines. He recorded 28 tackles in 14 games, including two interceptions (one of which was recovered for a score against Minnesota) and six pass breakups. In 2022, he participated in four more games but did not log any stats.

2023: 18 games played, 28 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 2 interceptions, 1 of which was recovered for a touchdown, and 6 passes defensed

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