2021 CFL Draft prospect Luiji Vilain transfers from Michigan to Wake Forest

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Luiji Vilain has transferred from the University of Michigan to Wake Forest University.

Vilain was one of the highest-rated defensive linemen in the United States following his tenure at Episcopal High School in Virginia. He failed to live up to the hype in Ann Arbor, where he recorded eleven tackles and one sack in twelve career games.

The six-foot-four, 255-pound edge rusher will look to make an impact with his new team in the ACC in order to garner NFL interest for 2022.

NFL and CFL draft years typically coincide, but that’s not the case in 2021. With 132 U Sports players opting out of this year’s CFL Draft, the league made the decision to keep all NCAA players in the event even if they intend to play another year of college football.

This means Vilain will be drafted by a CFL team this year, though he won’t report to the league until 2022 at the earliest.

The Ottawa native projects as a mid-round selection north of the border. Though he fought injuries at Michigan and appeared in a limited number of games, he still has a great frame and strong athleticism.

Vilain will be an intriguing option for a CFL team that covets a potential ratio-breaker at defensive end. The date of the 2021 CFL Draft has yet to be determined.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.