Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Utah Utes defensive back Casey Hughes celebrate a tackle against the UCLA Bruins at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah cornerback Casey Hughes is transferring to Michigan. As was the case when Hughes announced he was leaving the Utes earlier this month, the announcement was made on Twitter.

"It’s a blessing to say that I’ll be finishing my last collegiate season at the University of Michigan,” Hughes tweeted. “I want to thank the entire Michigan coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to join their program. COMMITTED!”

Hughes, who also made a recruiting visit to Colorado State, started 11 games for Utah last season as a junior. He made 35 tackles with two forced fumbles and a pass breakup.

After a redshirt year in 2014, Hughes played in 18 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back from North Las Vegas, Nevada, moved into a more prominent role as a junior.

Then came his decision to transfer.

“I want to take this time to thank everyone who has made my experience as a Ute a great one. I have learned a lot during my time here and have grown as a man and a football player. I have made friends that I will have for life and am forever grateful for all the incredible opportunities I have been provided," Hughes wrote in a lengthy Twitter post. “I finished my degree this past fall and after a lot of thought I have decided it is in my best interest to pursue a graduate transfer at another university.”

Hughes thanked Utah’s coaching staff, noting that his life has been changed forever by his time with the Utes.

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“I will always be appreciative of everybody who has been a part of my experience. I will miss my teammates but look forward to watching them be successful and I know I will stay in contact with them long after I’m gone,” Hughes wrote. “To the fans, thank you for supporting me and my teammates. The fans, teammates and university will forever hold a special place in my heart. While this has not been an easy decision, I look forward to what is ahead.”

Hughes also added that “Utah will forever be family.”