The Michigan State Spartans have lost another 2019 recruit, as three-star wide receiver Alante Brown announced the news on Twitter.
Brown is now the second player since the early signing period (and fourth player overall) to initially verbally commit to Michigan State then later change his mind, joining running back Aaron Young who flipped to Rutgers at that time. Brown was the only recruit in the 2019 class other than Young that didn’t sign with Michigan State on early signing day on Dec. 21.
There was a lot of speculation from fans that Brown would not be coming to East Lansing following that decision, however it was later thought to be academic reasons why he didn’t sign early, and he was still expected to sign in February during the official signing day.
Personally, I am somewhat surprised by this. I have interviewed Alante in the past, and have had plenty of conversations with him, even a couple chats following the early signing period, and he still seemed 100 percent committed to the Spartans.
Brown visited Florida State this weekend, and the Seminoles are now the favorite to land him. With that said, it seems that Brown taking an official visit to FSU didn’t sit too well with Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State staff. If you read Brown’s tweet, it says
“After speaking with the Michigan State coaching staff, it has been decided that it would be best for us to go in different directions.”
Additionally, this article from Noles 247 reads
(Brown) knew at that moment, that his decision to head to see Willie Taggart’s program would likely end his relationship with the Spartans.
It didn’t matter to the 5-foot-11, 180-pound offensive athlete though, as he wanted to further evaluate his options leading up to National Signing Day.
Brown is a high school quarterback, but is likely to play wide receiver or running back (or a little bit of both) at the college level. He has excellent speed and athleticism and will be an asset to whichever program lands him. If not FSU, Brown had stated that Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Iowa State and Texas Tech are all in the running, However, I would be surprised if he doesn’t wind up in Tallahassee.
I hate to see him leave the program before he even got here, but whatever Alante decides, we wish him the best of luck!