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Report: Ohio State DE Kenny Hayes Transferring To MSU

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Update: JK


Spartan Tailgate reports that Ohio State defensive end Kenny Hayes has decided to transfer to MSU.

Hayes was the No. 68 player in the nation and No. 7 defense end, per Rivals, for the class of 2011 out of Toledo. He redshirted as a true freshman last year and was granted release from his scholarship earlier this month. Hayes missed most of Ohio State's spring practice with "recurring headaches," but it would appear they were not an issue for MSU coaches.

This story says a new-ish Big Ten rule allows players to transfer within the conference and receive a scholarship, although it's currently unclear if Hayes will have one this season. Either way, he will have to sit out of games. Without taking early departures into account after this season, Hayes would at least take up another scholarship from the recruiting class of 2013, which only has a few spots remaining as is. Given defensive line is a position of need in the class, Hayes fits in perfectly, even with three years of eligibility.

More on this as it develops.