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DeAnthony Arnett to MSU and Jerel Worthy Rumors

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In the last week Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has alienated himself to a lot of people -- recruits, undoubtedly some Tennessee fans, and most of the state of Michigan -- by refusing to let DeAnthony Arnett, a wide receiver from Saginaw, to transfer to MSU or Michigan. Dooley wisely relented, but I'm still going to point you to this EDSBS post.

It didn't take long for Arnett to make his decision, as Scout.com's Allen Trieu has reported that Arnett has chosen Michigan State after meeting with Mark Dantonio today on campus. As a true freshman this year Arnett played in all 12 games for the volunteers, starting once and catching 24 passes for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns, placing him third on the team in catches and fifth on the team in receiving yards. Arnett was a four-star wide receiver by Rivals; they ranked him the 2nd best player in Michigan (1st was Lawrence Thomas), 12th best wide receiver in the nation, and 84th best player overall. He, as the English say, is good.

Arnett transferred to be closer to his sick father, and thus is eligible for a hardship exemption that will allow him to play immediately. If that occurs he'll join a heated battle to join the two-deep at receiver. The only sure thing I'd say for next year is Bennie Fowler, and after that there's a lot of youth and talent: current redshirt freshmen Keith Mumphery and Tony Lippett were both on the two-deep to end the year, and I'm not including redshirt freshmen-to-be Juwan Caesar and Andre Sims Jr., and top 100 2012 recruit Aaron Burbridge.

Onto Jerel Worthy. While multiple reports have him headed to the NFL Draft, they all seem to head back to one tweet:

Shawn Zobel
I've been told that Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy has selected an agent and will be declaring for the 2012

While this could definitely be the case, this is the only source stating that he's gone. For what's it worth, the same source said Worthy received a second to third round grade from the NFL advisory board. I'd put Jerel leaving for the NFL at an 80% likelihood right now, but I won't move up to 100% until it's confirmed with another source.