The 2021 season has ended for the Michigan State Spartans with a surprising 11-2 record and a New Year’s Six bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Peach Bowl. Before the bowl game was even been played, however, MSU already had several players who had announced their intention of transferring out of the program via the transfer portal. That trend will continue throughout the offseason as well.
Additionally, Michigan State has already had transfer players from other schools announce commitments to the Spartans as well.
Head coach Mel Tucker and his staff used the portal to their advantage ahead of the 2021 season, bringing in several difference-makers, such as running back Kenneth Walker III, linebacker Quarvaris Crouch, left tackle Jarrett Horst (who missed the last few games of the season for undisclosed reasons) and many others. Last offseason’s transfer tracker post can be viewed here.
As for this postseason/offseason, keep up with all of the latest roster movement here:
Michigan State players who have entered the transfer portal (19):
- Defensive end, Alex Okelo — career stats: No recorded stats.
- Cornerback, Kalon Gervin — career stats: 23 games played, 44 tackles, four passes defended, one fumble recovery (for a touchdown). After initially announcing he was transferring to Wisconsin, Gervin has since committed to Kansas.
- Linebacker, Chase Kline — career stats: 24 games played, 52 tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass defended and two forced fumbles. Kline has since signed with Eastern Michigan.
- Safety/nickelback, Michael Dowell — career stats: 32 games played, 82 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, five passes defended, one fumble recovery (for a touchdown). After originally committing to Pittsburgh, Dowell is instead headed to Miami (OH).
- Safety, Michael Gravely — career stats: No recorded stats.
- Kicker, Evan Johnson — career stats: one game played, 1-for-2 on extra point attempts.
- Cornerback Emmanuel Flowers — career stats: 30 games played, seven total tackles.
- Wide receiver/defensive back, C.J. Hayes — career stats: 23 games played, 14 catches, 154 yards. Hayes will continue his football career at Syracuse.
- Wide receiver, Ricky White — career stats: four games played, 10 catches, 223 yards, one touchdown. White is headed to UNLV.
- Offensive lineman. James Ohonba — career stats: 17 games played (primarily on special teams with a handful of offensive snaps). Ohonba is taking his talents to Louisiana-Lafayette.
- Tight end, Trenton Gillison — career stats: 24 games played, 18 catches, 201 yards, zero touchdown receptions.
- Defensive end, Jack Camper — career stats: 28 games played, 29 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, one combined sack, one fumble recovery. Camper’s next stop will be at Virginia.
- Tight end, Kameron Allen — career stats: No recorded stats. Allen plans to play at SMU in 2022.
- Wide receiver, Ian Stewart — career stats: Six games played, one catch, eight yards.
- Linebacker, Cole DeMarzo — career stats: One game played, no recorded stats. DeMarzo is heading to Wyoming.
- Defensive lineman, Tyson Watson — career stats: No recorded stats. Watson’s next stop will be at Massachusetts.
- Defensive tackle, Kyle King — career stats: eight games played, four tackles, one sack, three passes defended. King will continue his college football career at Ball State.
- Linebacker, Ma’a Gaoteote — career stats: eight games played, seven tackles, one pass defended, one forced fumble.
- Offensive lineman, Jacob Isaia — career stats: 24 games played (primarily on special teams and a handful of offensive snaps).
Note: Long snapper Nick Chudler has also reportedly entered the transfer portal, but he has not been with the Michigan State team since 2019.
Note: Just because a player enters the transfer portal does not necessarily mean that player is leaving Michigan State.
Players from the transfer portal coming to Michigan State (5)
- Running back, Jalen Berger, Wisconsin — career stats: seven games played, 84 carries, 389 rushing yards (4.63 yards per carry), three rushing touchdowns, four catches, 30 receiving yards.
- Linebacker, Jacoby Windmon, UNLV — career stats: 30 games played, 169 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four passes defended, three forced fumbles.
- Linebacker, Aaron Brule, Mississippi State — career stats: 40 games played, 142 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three passes defended, two fumble recoveries.
- Defensive end, Khris Bogle, Florida — career stats: 35 games, 69 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two passes defended, one forced fumble.
- Defensive back, Ameer Speed, Georgia — career stats: 48 games played, 25 total tackles one pass defended.
Note: The Spartans have also added a defensive back walk-on in Davenport (Division II) transfer Kaleb Elam.
This post, originally published on Dec. 7, 2021, will be updated as more news comes in.