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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Michigan State
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  Michigan State football isn't done adding to next season's roster yet. And Mel Tucker again went into the transfer portal, landing a player from his old boss, Nick Saban. Defensive back Ronald Williams announced via Twitter on Tuesday he committed to the Spartans. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Ferriday, Louisiana, is MSU's 15th scholarship addition from the portal in the offseason, along with one nonscholarship transfer.

Williams played last season for Saban at Alabama after spending two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, where the former high school quarterback blossomed into a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American at cornerback as a sophomore and became a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports.com. An arm injury affected Williams early in the 2020 season, and he finished with just one tackle in three games. - Lansing State Journal


(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Ronald Williams Jr.Michigan State
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  05/05/21 - *Shakur BrownrJr/2021, Michigan State, 5-11, 185 (DS#19 CB) + More +

  The NFL Draft came to a close Saturday, and for the first time in 80 years, a Michigan State player was not selected. The Spartans had the third-longest streak in the nation of having at least one player taken in the draft behind Southern Cal and Michigan, but that came to an end in the 2021 edition of the draft. Junior cornerback Shakur Brown seemed the most likely to go, projected to be taken as early as the third round in at least one ranking. Senior defensive tackle Naquan Jones also seemed likely to go late in the draft, but neither heard their name called. Michigan State was one of four teams - Southern Cal, Michigan and Florida are the others - to have at least one player drafted every season since the modern draft began in 1967. Brown reportedly ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at Michigan State's pro day, not particularly fast, and it might have affected his stock. Brown did 17 bench press reps, had a 35.5-inch vertical jump and 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, all good numbers. - Detroit News

(DS#19 CB) rJr/2021 CB *Shakur BrownMichigan State
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  04/29/21 - Theo DayrSo/2023, Michigan State, 6-5, 222 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  The conga line of Michigan State football players heading for the NCAA transfer portal paused Tuesday. But quarterback Theo Day joined the procession Wednesday, becoming the ninth member of the Spartans to head for the exit since the conclusion of spring practice Saturday. Day, a redshirt sophomore from Canton, didn't play last season and appeared to be leapfrogged on the depth chart by four of his teammates - Payton Thorne, Anthony Russo, Hampton Fay and Noah Kim. All received more reps than Day during scrimmage periods last Saturday. A former three-star recruit out of Dearborn Divine Child, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Day signed with Michigan State in December 2017. He appeared in two games in 2019, playing six snaps and completing two of three pass attempts for 12 yards. Day is the 26th member of the team to enter the transfer portal since last November as Tucker has reshaped the roster. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Theo DayMichigan State
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  A day after six players left Michigan State's football program, the portal produced for Mel Tucker in a big way. Linebacker Quavaris Crouch, who announced in January he planned to leave Tennessee after starting 10 games last season as a sophomore, posted a photoshopped image of himself in a Spartans uniform on Instagram with the caption, "Kickin it up north!! #gospartans #big10." He also changed his bio to read "Michigan State University" after Crouch was spotted at Spartan Stadium during MSU's spring game Saturday, and Tucker retweeted Crouch's Twitter post.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound product of Harding High in Charlotte, North Carolina, was a four-star prospect and the No. 1 player in his state in the 2019 recruiting class according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. In two years with the Volunteers, Crouch played in 23 games with 11 starts, making 85 tackles. Last season, he had 57 stops but entered the portal days after Tennessee fired Jeremy Pruitt after going 3-7 against only Southeastern Conference opponents. - Lansing State Journal


(DS#18 ILB) So/2023 ILB Quavaris CrouchMichigan State
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  04/28/21 - Jack OlsenFr/2024, Michigan State, 5-09, 180 (DS#4 K) + More +

  One of the top kicking prospects in the 2020 recruiting class has made plans to leave the Michigan State football program. Jack Olsen entered the NCAA transfer portal Sunday, less than 24 hours after the Spartans held their final spring practice. Olsen, who was on scholarship, has joined the exodus of players out of East Lansing that began last fall. Nineteen members of the team have entered the portal since November as head coach Mel Tucker has overhauled the roster by securing the commitments of 14 players from other college programs. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#4 K) Fr/2024 K Jack OlsenMichigan State
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  04/28/21 - DeAri ToddrJr/2022, Michigan State, 6-2, 265 (DS#999 DE) + More +

  As Michigan State football nears the end of the semester, its roster continues to change like an Excel spreadsheet. The latest edits took place Monday when three members of the 2020 signing class, a walk-on and two other reserves entered the NCAA transfer portal. Included in the exodus were redshirt freshman tight end Tommy Guajardo, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Damon Kaylor, redshirt senior defensive end DeAri Todd, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Chris Mayfield, redshirt freshman defensive end Jasiyah Robinson and redshirt freshman long snapper Bryce Eimer. None of them played a snap during their careers in East Lansing. They are the latest Spartans players to begin the process of leaving the program since Saturday, when the team held its final practice of the spring in front of fans. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 DE) rJr/2022 DE DeAri ToddMichigan State
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  You didn't have to watch Kenneth Walker III carry the ball more than a couple times Saturday to realize the Wake Forest transfer is a guy who can carry the rock at the Big Ten level. "I'll tell you what, he's a complete player. And I think you can see that today," Tucker said Saturday of Walker. Elijah Collins is a pretty good playmaker, too, if he returns to his 2019 form. He said this past week that a bout with COVID-19 set him back last season. Sophomore-to-be Jordon Simmons showed himself to be a capable prospect in the fall. Auburn transfer Harold Joiner III is set to join the team this summer. That's an intriguing backfield. One that ought to be formidable, even if crowded. It puts the onus on MSU's offensive line to finally be solid for the first time in six seasons. Because from a depth-of-talent standpoint, this should be the Spartans' best backfield since 2011. Walker, I think, gives this tantalizing group some certainty. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#7 RB) So/2023 RB Kenneth Walker IIIMichigan State
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  04/26/21 - Noah HarveyrJr/2022, Michigan State, 6-3, 240 (DS#86 ILB) + More +

  Noah Harvey's thumping tackles are his trademark. Mel Tucker is pushing his senior linebacker to also bring more leadership to his developing defense. "He's making a conscious effort to do that within his personality," Tucker said recently. "He's not a rah-rah guy, but he's leading by example - knowing your personnel, knowing how to touch your teammates and how to connect with them is something that he's learning to do and he's getting better at that." Saturday's final spring practice and scrimmage, which starts at 2 p.m. at Spartan Stadium (BTN), will be the first test of that guidance. Harvey returns as the lone starting linebacker in a back seven that's short on numbers going into the summer. "I've been trying to get the guys in to watch extra film, just explaining them things that they can do differently on the field that can help them out (with) positive reinforcement, encouraging them," Harvey said Tuesday. "Just bringing them along, because this is hard. This has been an intense spring ball. I'm just trying to carry them along and let them know they're doing the right things." - Lansing State Journal

(DS#86 ILB) rJr/2022 ILB Noah HarveyMichigan State
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  An Alabama backup defensive back has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Ronald Williams, a former four-star junior college signee who was part of the Crimson Tide's 2020 recruiting class, went into the portal on Friday, AL.com has learned. Although Williams was viewed as a potential immediate starter at nickel back when he signed with the Tide, it was then-freshmen Malachi Moore and Brian Branch who emerged as the team's top two options at the position during 2020 fall camp. Williams was then set back by an arm injury that caused him to miss the beginning part of the season, ended up playing in just three games as a reserve and didn't seem to be in line to be a starter this year. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 CB) Jr/2022 CB Ronald Williams Jr.Michigan State
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  04/26/21 - Maliq CarrFr/2024, Michigan State, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Maliq Carr is coming home. Carr, once a two-sport star at Oak Park, announced Friday via Instagram he is committed to Michigan State football and transferring from Purdue. His stepfather, William McMichael, said Carr also plans to play basketball for the Spartans. Associate head coach Dwayne Stephens is Carr's cousin. "That kind of helped out in his decision," said McMichael, an assistant football coach at Oak Park. "And only being an hour from home beats four hours, I can say that. I think he was a little homesick...I think it's a great opportunity. It kind of gets you excited to be around your family member at such a high level in the Big Ten. As a kid, I would be excited, too." The Free Press previously confirmed Carr, a former four-star tight end/wide receiver recruit, was entering the transfer portal. He was not on the Boilermakers' basketball team. Carr's father is Cornell Mann, an assistant basketball coach at Missouri who also worked at Central Michigan and Western Michigan. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Maliq CarrMichigan State
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  04/25/21 - Maliq CarrFr/2024, Michigan State, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  The NCAA transfer portal continues to provide for Michigan State. A little more than a week after sources confirmed to The News that former Oak Park standout and Purdue wide receiver Maliq Carr was set to transfer to Michigan State with the intention of playing both football and basketball, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Carr confirmed the news Friday in an Instagram post. Carr appeared in three games last season as a true freshman at Purdue, catching one pass. He went through spring practice with the Boilermakers, but according to a report from the (Lafayette, Indiana) Journal & Courier, Carr's reason for transferring was because he was promised a spot on the Boilermakers' basketball team, something that never materialized. At Oak Park, Carr was a four-star receiver, according to Rivals.com, and was ranked 35th in that nation at the position. At 247Sports.com, Carr was also a four-star prospect but was listed as the No. 4 tight end in the country. At Purdue, Carr played wide receiver, but could end up at either spot with the Spartans. - Detroit News

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Maliq CarrMichigan State
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  According to coach Mel Tucker, the Spartans' leading rusher from two seasons ago has been impressive. "l like what Elijah is doing," Tucker said last week. "He's gained weight, he's gotten stronger, he looks more explosive. He's hitting the hole with velocity, and keeping his feet moving on contact and he's falling forward for two. He's running with authority." That's a bit of a revelation considering how the 2020 season played out for Collins. He entered the year expecting to be Michigan State's primary ball carrier. Instead, he became a seldom-used extra piece to a running back group that never really got rolling. The numbers showed how poorly the Spartans ran the ball, averaging just more than 91 yards over seven games. And the fact Collins managed only 41 carries for 90 yards made the lack of production even tougher to deal with. After all, Collins had emerged as the Spartans' top back in 2019, gaining 988 yards and scoring five touchdowns as he recorded three 100-yard rushing games - a career-high 192 vs. Western Michigan, 170 vs. Illinois and 109 vs. Rutgers - to become the first Spartan freshman to do so since Javon Ringer in 2005. - Detroit News

(DS#35 RB) rSo/2023 RB Elijah CollinsMichigan State
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  04/17/21 - Maliq CarrFr/2024, Michigan State, 6-4, 230 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Former Oak Park two-sport star Maliq Carr is leaving Purdue to play a little closer to home. And by play, we mean more than just football. The Free Press has confirmed that Carr's name is in the transfer portal after just his true freshman season at Purdue. The Lafayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier reports that Carr is transferring to Michigan State to play both football and basketball. Carr, listed at 6 foot 5 and 235 pounds, played in just three games last season and had just one reception. He was a four-star prospect as a wide receiver at Oak Park, according to 247Sports, and the No. 4 tight end in the nation for the class of 2020. - Lansing State Journal

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2024 WR Maliq CarrMichigan 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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