IU adds Michigan o-line transfer Zach Carpenter

Michigan offensive line transfer Zach Carpenter announced his commitment to Indiana on New Year’s Eve.

Carpenter, listed by Michigan at 6-foot-5, 329 pounds, appeared in five of the Wolverines’ six games in 2020 and started the team’s last two contests at center.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is an alum of Archbishop Moeller, where he became a highly coveted offensive line prospect. A three-star, Carpenter was rated by 247Sports as the No. 32 guard in the country, as well as the No. 554 prospect overall.

IU was one of Carpenter’s notable offers during his initial recruitment, along with Clemson, Oregon, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Iowa State, Arkansas, and Ole Miss, among others. According to 247Sports, Ohio State and UCLA also had interest but did not offer.

Carpenter adds much-needed depth in the interior line for the Hoosiers. It’s unknown at this point whether senior center Harry Crider will return, though he can do so because of the additional year of eligibility the NCAA has granted due to COVID-19. IU also has another redshirt senior guard in Mackenzie Nworah.

IU is slated to return former Stanford grad transfer Dylan Powell, who can play both the center and guard positions. Redshirt freshman Mike Katic has also been a regular contributor at guard.

Carpenter is the second transfer to commit to IU in as many months. Florida State wide receiver D.J. Matthews, a grad transfer, was announced as part of the 2020 signing class two weeks ago.


  1. It is good to see IU pulling in more depth for the OL and it would be good to add a pass rushing DE before they are done.

  2. Coach Allen really does have something magical going on at IUFB.
    DITTO a QB hungry DE.

  3. The more I look at Carpenter and Matthews being added to this Hoosier FB team the more I see the coaches improving the 2021 team.

    Carpenter is a proven B1G OL player with 4 more years to develop into being a dominate force in the B1G. IU’s OL next season could become a strength, which would be nice, position on the team that measures up to the other areas on the team.

    Matthews is an explosive player coach Allen said he was looking to add to the team. Matthews is a very good kick returner and an untapped talent in the passing game. The skilled positions on offense in 2021 looks to be potentially better than this past season.

    I am also excited to see how our new S&C staff can improve the team with a whole off season heading into the 2021 season. I have been impressed with how the players did this year despite the disruptions so I am excited to see how the players develop with a whole off season with the S&C program.

    The next big thing for this team is the new DC and I hope coach Allen nails down that position. Personally I would really like to see coach Jones elevated to DC with bringing in a top LB coach. Our defense could be even better next year with a DC that knows the system and keeps the defense creating take-aways.

  4. I am delighted by this news but also very surprised. Not that this young man would transfer, but that he would transfer to a team playing in the same Big Ten Division as Michigan. That choice, given the alternatives he must have had, implies that he has little regard for his former coaching staff or the future of MI FB.

    Maybe the majority of HS players around the country have not had time to understand or appreciate TA’s LEO culture, but some talented college players are seeing the light and want to be a part of it. A few more quality transfers will make this recruiting class a very special one.

  5. Always good to “nail down” a Carpenter…When I “saw” he played for Michigan, I knew the guy must be a true “stud!” This really “frames out” our offensive line into a sturdy and very sound “wall.” I’m “beaming” from ear to ear….

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  6. V13, as I was reviewing the list of players in the 2021 Transfer Portal and thinking about potential connections to IU, I wondered if any of the following players are currently being recruited by IU:

    Markese Stepp, a running back originally from Indy (and recruited by IU) who is transferring from USC; TJ Pledger, who is transferring from OK but graduated from IMG Academy; Judge Culpepper who is transferring from Penn State but graduated from Plant HS in Tampa. The potential connections to those players are fairly obvious.

    There are four interesting DE’s in the Transfer Portal. Steven Hawthorne from Cinci; Bryce Moaris transferring from Boston College; Malcolm Robison, who is from Massillon, OH but is transferring from MN, and Robert Cummings from TX.

    There are three interesting Linebackers in the portal; Jordan Anthony from MI, Charles Thomas, originally from Georgia who is also transferring from MI, and Octavius Brothers, originally from Florida who is transferring from Auburn.

    Two DBs look interesting. Isaiah Robertson, from Naperville, IL, who is transferring from ND, and Baylen Buchanan, originally from Suwanee, GA is transferring from TN.

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