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Pitt Football Recruiting: Will Panthers Target Michigan Wolverines Transfer Cullen Christian?

Rich Rodriguez' departure from Michigan is stirring up all sorts of things. Freshman Ray Vinopal had already transferred to Pitt upon Rodriguez' exit and now the Panthers and head coach Todd Graham could have another Wolverines target in their sights - Cullen Christian.

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Christian was a highly-regarded recruit from Penn Hills and ended up selecting Michigan over several schools, including Pitt. But now, with new head coach Brady Hoke coming in, he's decided to leave the Wolverines:

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"Coach (Brady) Hoke is a great guy and I have no issues with him at all," Christian told Superprep.com. "I had meetings with my other coaches and I just didn't like the direction that they had me going in. I think it is best that I move on and finish my career elsewhere."

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Christian chose Michigan over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, West Virginia and UCLA. He played last season as a freshman.

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"I came here to be a part of something big and it has all fallen apart," he told the website. "Part of you feels like you failed, while another part of you wants to go prove them they were wrong. I need to move on now and do what is best for me."

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If he became a Panther, Christian would become a part of an improving secondary which will include Jarred Holley, Todd Thomas, Buddy Jackson, Lafayette Pitts, K'Waun Williams, Ray Vinopal, and Antwuan Reed among others for the next few seasons. Pitt's secondary is not only looking better, it has the makings of an extremely talented group. Adding Christian would make it even stronger. 

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