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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Michigan State
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  Michigan State football has secured former Louisville receiver Christian Fitzpatrick from the transfer portal. The Southfield native tweeted the news Saturday. He played at Southfield A&T and Waterford Mott, and was a three-star prospect and the No. 23 recruit in Michigan in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is 6 feet 4 and 215 pounds. Fitzpatrick was slowed by injuries as a freshman in 2020, playing in one game - the regular season finale vs. Wake Forest. He is the younger brother of Louisville receiver Dez Fitzpatrick. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Christian FitzpatrickMichigan State
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  Louisville freshman wide receiver Christian Fitzpatrick has entered into the NCAA transfer portal, he confirmed Wednesday in a tweet. The brother of former U of L standout Dez Fitzpatrick played in just one game in his true freshman season as he battled injuries during the 2020 campaign. He earned a start in the regular season finale against Wake Forest. Considered a three-star prospect out of Southfield, Michigan, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver signed with U of L after previously committing to Washington State. He also held offers from Ball State, West Virginia, Syracuse, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Penn State, Iowa State, and Missouri. - Courier Journal

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Christian FitzpatrickMichigan State
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  From Lorenzo White in the George Perles era to Mark Dantonio's days when the likes of Javon Ringer and Jeremy Langford were piling up yards and touchdowns, the Spartans have always had a powerful running attack that more often featured a standout back. Tucker is hoping to get some of that back this season and one of the newest arrivals might just become the latest workhorse for the Spartans. After scoring 13 touchdowns in just seven games at Wake Forest last season as a sophomore, Kenneth Walker III transferred to Michigan State and is already turning heads just more than a week into his first spring with the Spartans.

"He's the same guy that we saw on tape," Tucker said of Walker. "He gives great effort, he's strong, has got great quickness, he has balance and body control, he can change direction, run through the smoke and has good hands. He's a tireless worker. I haven't seen him loaf one time and a drill. He hasn't loafed in our group work or team work. Every rep, he makes the most of it and I'm glad we have him." It's easy to see why Tucker and running backs coach William Peagler liked Walker so much. His 13 touchdowns last season tied for third in the ACC and his average of 72.4 yards a game was 10th. In three straight games late in the season against Virginia, Campbell and N.C. State, Walker ran for more than 100 yards in each while scoring a total of seven touchdowns. - Detroit News


(DS#7 RB) So/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan State
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  03/26/21 - Jordan ReidrSr/2022, Michigan State, 6-4, 315 (DS#49 OG) + More +

  Two of Michigan State football's most experienced players are not returning in 2021. Tight end Matt Dotson and right tackle Jordan Reid are not listed on the roster, which came out Tuesday morning as the Spartans opened their first spring practices under second-year coach Mel Tucker. Reid opted out of playing in 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19. The 6-5, 315-pound Detroit Cass Tech product started 27 straight games at right tackle before that and was the lone offensive lineman to play every game during the 2018 and '19 seasons. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#49 OG) rSr/2022 OG Jordan ReidMichigan State
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  03/24/21 - Matt DotsonrSr/2022, Michigan State, 6-5, 240 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Michigan State opened spring practice on Tuesday morning, and it did so without some familiar names on the roster. Tight end Matt Dotson, who coach Mel Tucker said last month would be back for another season, was among those not listed on the spring roster the Spartans released on Tuesday. Also not listed was offensive lineman Jordan Reid, who opted out of playing in 2020 because of COVID-19, along with wide receiver Laress Nelson and defensive back Tre Person. All four were seniors last season that would have been using the extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA. Dotson would have been Michigan State's most experienced tight end, while Reid started 27 straight games at right tackle before deciding not to play last fall. Person played in six games last season while Nelson missed the entire season with an undisclosed injury. - Detroit News

(DS#999 TE) rSr/2022 TE Matt DotsonMichigan State
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  The same day Michigan State began spring practice, it landed another potentially key piece to the roster from the transfer portal. Minnesota linebacker Itayvion Brown announced on Twitter he had committed to the Spartans, immediately adding talent and depth to a position group that entered spring practice lacking in experience and depth. Brown (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) was a four-star recruit in the 2020 class out of St. Louis. He was the second-highest rated player in the Golden Gophers' class, but did not see any game action in the COVID-shortened season. He entered the transfer portal earlier this month. - Detroit News

(DS#999 OLB) Fr/2024 OLB Itayvion BrownMichigan State
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  Gophers redshirt freshman linebacker Itayvion Brown has entered the NCAA transfer portal, two sources confirmed to the Pioneer Press on Tuesday. Brown, from Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, Mo., was the second-highest rated recruit in Minnesota's 2020 recruiting class behind Kansas receiver Daniel Jackson. Brown - a top 25-ranked outside linebacker, according to 247sports.com - was ineligible during the 2020 season and did not play in a game last season. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, he was an intriguing candidate to play strong-side linebacker in the 2021 season. - Pioneer Press

(DS#999 OLB) Fr/2024 OLB Itayvion BrownMichigan State
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  03/02/21 - Khary CrumpFr/2024, Michigan State, 5-10, 164 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker wasn't kidding when he said he'd be looking for players via the transfer portal. The Spartans got their second player of the day Saturday when Khary Crump, a cornerback from Arizona, announced on social media that he would be joining the Spartans. Crump was a three-star prospect out of Culver City, California, for the 2020 class, where he had 169 tackles and seven interceptions in high school, according to his bio page on the Arizona athletic department. The 5-foot-11, 164-pounder thanked MSU defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and former MSU defensive back William Cooper, among others, in announcing his decision. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 CB) Fr/2024 CB Khary CrumpMichigan State
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  Former Louisville cornerback Marqui Lowery Jr. announced via Twitter on Saturday he has committed to the Spartans. He was part of the Cardinals' 2020 recruiting class but did not play last fall. The 6-foot, 168-pound native of Charlotte, North Carolina, was a 3-star prospect out of Zebulon Vance High according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. Lowery is the 10th inbound transfer to MSU since Tucker's 2-5 debut season ended Dec. 12. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 CB) Fr/2024 CB Marqui LoweryMichigan State
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  Ben VanSumeren is switching sides in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The Michigan redshirt sophomore linebacker who entered the transfer portal on Feb. 12 announced his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday. That's a position of need for the Spartans, who are thin on linebacker depth. VanSumeren, an Essexville Garber High School graduate, has three seasons of eligibility remaining and won't officially become a Spartan until he enrolls. His younger brother, Alex VanSumeren, is a 2022 four-star defensive tackle at Essexville Garber who decommitted from Michigan on Feb. 11 and Michigan State is among the schools recruiting him. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2023 ILB Ben VanSumerenMichigan State
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  Cornerback Chester Kimbrough, a Florida sophomore in the NCAA transfer portal, announced Friday night on Instagram he plans to transfer to MSU and play for the Spartans. The 5-foot-11, 167-pound sophomore from New Orleans played in 17 games the past two seasons for the Gators, logging 15 tackles and three pass deflections. He entered the transfer portal in late December before Florida's appearance in the Cotton Bowl and will likely be immediately eligible and have three years remaining, thanks to the NCAA's proposal to not count the 2020 season toward eligibility. Kimbrough was a three-star recruit out of Warren (Louisiana) Easton High, ranked as the No. 45 cornerback in the nation in the in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. - Detroit News

(DS#999 CB) So/2023 CB Chester KimbroughMichigan State
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  The University of Michigan seemed to have a two-for-one package with the VanSumeren brothers. But it appears both Ben and Alex VanSumeren have slipped away from the Wolverines on the same day. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Ben VanSumeren announced that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal, leaving the Michigan football team after three seasons. Little brother Alex VanSumeren - one of the nation's top defensive line prospects for the Class of 2022 -- announced he is decommitting from Michigan and exploring other offers. - Ann Arbor News

(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2023 ILB Ben VanSumerenMichigan State
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  02/10/21 - Jayden ReedrSo/2023, Michigan State, 6-0, 185 (DS#48 WR) + More +

  Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed was arraigned on Wednesday in 54B District Court on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated after being pulled over by MSU Police and Public Safety on July 18, 2020. According to court documents, Reed, 20, was arraigned during a virtual hearing before Judge Andrea Larkin while Reed's attorney, David Meyers, entered a plea of not guilty. A personal bond was set at $500 and Reed is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on Feb. 24. Reed, a 6-foot, 185-pound sophomore who transferred in May 2019 from Western Michigan and sat out the 2019 season, played in all seven games in 2020 and led the team with 33 receptions. Reed gained 407 yards and scored three touchdowns for the Spartans. - Detroit News

(DS#48 WR) rSo/2023 WR Jayden ReedMichigan State
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  Dominique Long became the latest Michigan State football player to enter the transfer portal Wednesday. After the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to fall sports athletes, the senior special teams standout has signaled he will try to use it at another school. Long is the 16th member of the 2020 team to leave the program since mid-November as the Spartans continue a roster overhaul with head coach Mel Tucker approaching the one-year anniversary of his hiring. During his career in East Lansing, Long appeared in 44 games and produced 51 tackles. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 SS) rSr/2022 SS Dominique LongMichigan State
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  New faces are starting to arrive in the Michigan State football program. On Sunday, the Spartans welcomed early enrollees in the 2021 recruiting class as well as a handful of transfers. Quarterback Anthony Russo from Temple, offensive lineman Jarrett Horst from Arkansas State, defensive end Drew Jordan from Duke and running back Kenneth Walker III from Wake Forest - a group that all committed to Michigan State after the end of the 2020 season - are all officially enrolled, a program spokesman confirmed. - Detroit News

(DS#30 QB) rSr/2022 QB Anthony RussoMichigan State
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