Michigan and Michigan State produced a unique “swap” of players via transfer moves on Friday.

The evening started with Jaden Mangham, a safety who began his career at Michigan State confirming a commitment to Michigan. Mangham led the Spartans with 4 interceptions from his safety position during the 2023 season.

In a follow-up move, former Michigan linebacker Semaj Bridgeman announced a transfer move to Michigan State. A former 4-star recruit out of Philadelphia’s Imhotep Institute, Bridgeman did not see action as a true freshman with the Wolverines.

In terms of experience, Bridgeman has yet to make his mark in college. Meanwhile, Mangham led MSU in interceptions while also recording 53 tackles and 3 pass breakups a season ago.

Players jumping rivalry lines in the transfer portal is not completely uncommon, and it’s something that is becoming more commonplace in the modern era of college football. However, a pair of players swapping places across rivalry lines — on the same day — is a bit unique, even for the current landscape.

For an in-state rivalry such as UM vs. MSU, no extra ammunition is needed when it comes to the on-field matchup. These two programs do not like each other, and that’s not going to change even as we enter the era of Jonathan Smith vs. Sherrone Moore as head coaches.

We’ll see which player from the duo of Mangham and Bridgeman gets the last laugh when the 2024 meeting rolls around.

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