Cornerback Planning to Transfer to Auburn

Cornerback Blake Countess is planning to make a move from Michigan to Auburn for his final season of college football.

Olney, Md.--Blake Countess, who graduated from the University of Michigan this spring, announced on Tuesday that he is planning to spend his final season of college football playing for the Auburn Tigers.

An All-Big 10 cornerback for the Wolverines this past year, the 5-10, 186 cornerback is immediately eligible to play for another college this fall.

Countess, who visited Auburn this past weekend, also visited Arizona and considered Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

“I went down there to meet the coaches and spent time with Coach Muschamp (defensive coordinator Will Muschamp) and Coach T-Rob (secondary coach Travaris Robinson) and Coach Malzahn,” he said.

“We went on a campus tour and they showed me where I would be living. I did some chalk talk with Coach Muschamp and that was really it along with hanging with the coaches and some of the players. It was really nice.”

The Tigers could use help at cornerback. Seniors Jonathan Jones and Josh Holsey are the projected starters, but the top backup, T.J. Davis, suffered a knee injury in spring practice and it is not certain when he will be back to full speed this fall. Jones also missed practice time in the spring with an injury and the Tigers started a walk-on, Michael Sherwood, in the A-Day game.l

Malzahn said the Tigers are going to give a trio of true freshmen a chance to earn playing time at the position. That group includes Carlton Davis, Javaris Davis and Jeremiah Dinson.

A player who redshirted in 2012 after suffering a torn ACL, he made 114 tackles for the Wolverines over the course of three seasons.

Originally from the state of Maryland, he was a standout high school performer at Our Lady Good Counsel in Olney where he was a U.S. Army All-American.

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