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Former Spartan Trishton Jackson set to transfer to Syracuse

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NCAA Football: Michigan State at Northwestern Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Michigan State wide receiver, Trishton Jackson, is transferring to Syracuse.

Jackson’s announcement came just three days after he announced he would be leaving Michigan State’s football program.

Jackson, who was a four-star recruit, is the eighth player from the highly-touted 2016 recruiting class who will no longer be on the roster.

The former West Bloomfield High School star expected to have a huge imapact on the Spartans’ 2017 season after a big spring game, but that never came to fruition. Jackson had just 12 catches for 143 yards this season.

Freshman Cody White took over Jackson’s duties as the No. 3 receiver after a breakout season. This is probably a big reason why Jackson has decided to leave the Spartans.

Jackson is the not the first player to leave Michigan State early so far in this young offseason. Freshman wide out Hunter Rison and sophomore quarterback Messiah deWeaver also left the program.

The Spartans also have a trio of offensive linemen leaving the program in Nick Padla, Jeremy Schram and Casey Schreiner.

Additionally, co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett left to run the defense at Florida State and special teams coach Mark Snyder went with him.

Jackson will have to sit out this season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining with Syracuse afterward.

Jackson’s role likely would have increased with Rison gone. I understand that these players want to start, I do, but what I honestly don’t understand is all of this early attrition for a program that is set for a strong 2018 season and beyond. it’s supposed to be team first, right?

What do you think?