Michigan loses another to transfer

Updated: August 12, 2009, 11:26 PM ET
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Michigan linebacker Marell Evans said Wednesday night that he's decided to transfer.

"I've had three defensive coordinators in three years and I like the coaches but I'm not sure I fit this system," Evans said. "The coaches didn't understand but I have to do what's best for my future."

Evans was a part-time starter as a sophomore. He has three years to play two seasons and said he hopes to transfer to another top division school, perhaps Virginia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee or Florida State.

"I have nothing against [head coach] Rich Rodriguez or Michigan," Evans said. "It's a great place to play. Just not for me right now."

Rodriguez told the Associated Press Wednesday that cornerback J.T. Turner has been academically cleared to play.

The highly touted freshman from Massillon, Ohio, is expected to practice with the Wolverines on Thursday.

Junior defensive tackle Vince Helmuth was also looking at options to transfer from the program.

ESPN.com's Joe Schad and The Associated Press contributed to this report.