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Blake Countess to Transfer to Auburn

After graduating early from Michigan, cornerback Blake Countess has decided to transfer to Auburn this fall, as he announced on his Instagram page on Tuesday. As a grad transfer, Countess will be able to play immediately for the Tigers.

If you recall, Countess was an All-Big Ten first-team player in 2013 and an honorable mention selection last season. He was in line to be a starter for the Wolverines this season, but he ultimately decided to spend his final days playing in the SEC.

More from Jerry Hinnen of CBSSports.com:

Assuming he hasn’t jumped the gun in making it official, Countess’s decision shapes up as a major boon for Will Muschamp as he attempts to overhaul Auburn’s porous 2014 defense — particularly in a secondary already thinned by transfers out and so lacking in depth Muschamp called himself the team’s third safety during spring camp.

As a graduate transfer, Countess will be eligible immediately. He becomes the third major-program transfer to Auburn in a matter of weeks, following former five-star offensive lineman Darius James from Texas and three-star cornerback signee Jamel Dean from Ohio State.

Countess played 38 games at Michigan and recorded 114 tackles and six interceptions in his career. He will join an Auburn team that went 8-5 last season and lost to Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Auburn opens up their season on September 5 at home against Louisville

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