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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.

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