RB Justice Hayes to transfer from Michigan

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Michigan running back Justice Hayes, who has one year of eligibility remaining, is transferring.

Hayes announced the move on his Twitter and Instagram accounts Monday.

"The four years I have spent at this institution have brought some great memories that I will cherish …," Hayes wrote on Twitter. "I will always be a Michigan man fans. I love u all. I have had a great 4 years at this school and wouldn't change it for the world! #goblue"

He said on his Instagram account that he appreciated an offer from new coach Jim Harbaugh to remain at Michigan for his fifth season.

"But I have decided that I will choose another college to play football as a graduate student," Hayes wrote. "I'm not an emotional person, but a few days back I cried because I knew it was time for me to move on. There will be people out there that disagree with this tough decision I made, but they won't be the ones that cut me checks in the future. I just want to continue to get closer to God, take care of my family, and be happy."

Hayes mostly was used as a third-down back during Michigan's 5-7 season last fall. He had 48 carries for 213 yards, averaging 4.4 yards a carry but did not have a touchdown.

Former Michigan lineman Kyle Bosch transferred earlier this month from Michigan to West Virginia and former linebacker Michael Ferns left Michigan last month to transfer to the Mountaineers.