For the second time this spring, a player is leaving the MSU football program.
The Las Cruces (N.M.) Sun-News reported that redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Matt Ramondo received his release and drove 24 hours from East Lansing back to New Mexico.
The paper talked with Ramondo, who said being too far away from home was a factor.
"I'm trying to come (to NMSU) because this is home," Ramondo told the Sun-News.
Ramondo was a three-star recruit out of high school, choosing MSU after previously committing to Arizona State. He redshirted in 2011 and didn't play in a game last season.
As with Matt Giampapa, who left for Tennessee, homesickness surely was a factor in Ramondo's departure. However, Giampapa was a starter on the team. Ramondo got caught in a lot of young defensive tackle depth on MSU, so perhaps he didn't see much playing time in his future.
Looking ahead, Ramondo's departure opens up another scholarship for the 2013 class, which is limited with openings. Defense line is a position of need in the class.
"It was a great experience to get last year under my belt," Ramondo told the Sun-News.