It was not a great start to National Signing Day for the Michigan State Spartans. Four-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny, out of the 2021 class, has flipped his commitment from Michigan State to Michigan and has signed with the Wolverines today.
Official !!! pic.twitter.com/Yz7uPw0PK7— Rayshaun Benny (@rayshaun_benny) February 3, 2021
This is a bit surprising and a big loss for the Spartans. While there were some concerns Benny may not end up signing with Michigan State when he didn’t sign during the early signing period, the general thoughts around him were that he had always planned to sign in February. Just earlier this week on Feb. 1, Benny told the Detroit News he was “excited” to sign with MSU. That did not end up being the case.
Benny ranks as the No 16 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite, as well as the No 6 player in Michigan and the No. 195 prospect overall. He is listed at 6-feet-5-inches tall and 275 pounds.
In addition to Michigan and Michigan State, Benny had just about every other school vying for him. Benny had offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Notre Dame, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Texas A&M, USC, Oregon, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Minnesota, Purdue, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia, Florida State, Miami (FL.) and many others.
With the majority of the 2021 class signing with Michigan State early, including Benny’s Oak Park teammate, Davion Primm (three-star running back), Benny was expected to be one of very few new additions for the Spartans today. We will keep you posted on all MSU news related to National Signing Day.
Just a reminder, in case anybody forgot, Michigan State has defeated Michigan in nine of the past 13 meetings, and in 2020, Mel Tucker became the first MSU coach to defeat Michigan in his first attempt since Nick Saban.