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Linebacker Samih Beydoun transfers to Michigan State as preferred walk-on

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The Michigan State Spartans need depth at the linebacker position and help is on its way, as Samih Beydoun will head to East Lansing from the transfer portal. Beydoun will come to MSU as a preferred walk-on.

Beydoun played his high school ball in Michigan at Detroit Catholic Central in Novi. He spent last season at Army Prep and still has his full eligibility remaining.

Beydoun spoke to 247Sports’ Corey Robinson about his decision to transfer to Michigan State:

“My relationship with coaches (Mel) Tucker, (Ross) Els, (Jack) Harris, and (Scott) Aligo has been special, drawing me to East Lansing. What I love the most while building my relationship with the coaches was the family first culture and the mantra of having a strong work ethic and positive attitude that’s what being a Spartan is all about.”

With the loss of Antjuan Simmons to the NFL Draft, and the loss of several other linebackers to the transfer portal, Beydoun has the opportunity to see the field on defense and/or special teams right away, despite being a preferred walk-on.

Michigan State continues to be active in the transfer portal, as it has added seven new scholarship players and two preferred walk-ons. The Spartans have also lost several student-athletes, with 16 players entering their names into the portal, and with many already finding new schools.

From a personal standpoint, I actually coached Samih’s brothers in youth football with the Michigan Panthers. He comes from a great family.

Check out Beydoun’s high school highlights below.