Following MSU’s Spring Game this past Saturday, Head Coach Mel Tucker has been holding exit interviews with players. As a result, several players have decided to enter the transfer portal. Determining the scholarship count has become rather difficult, in part due to recent rule changes adopted during the coronavirus pandemic. Regardless, I will try my best to clarify the circumstances based on my understanding of the situation.
Quarterbacks (5): Anthony Russo (Graduate)*, Theo Day (R-Jr.), Payton Thorne (R-So.), Noah Kim (So.), Hamp Fay (Fr.)^
Running Backs (7): Connor Heyward (R-Sr.), Elijah Collins (R-Jr.), Harold Joiner (R-Jr.), Kenneth Walker III (R-So.)^, Jordon Simmons (So.), Donovan Eaglin (R-Fr.), Davion Primm (Fr.)
Wide receivers (10): C.J. Hayes (R-Sr.), Jayden Reed (R-Jr.); Jalen Nailor (R-Jr.), Tre Mosley (R-So.), Ian Stewart (So.), Terry Lockett (So.), Montorie Foster (So.), Ricky White (So.), Christian Fitzpatrick (R-Fr.) Keon Coleman (Fr.)
Tight ends (5): Trent Gillison (R-Jr.), Parks Gissinger (R-Jr.), Adam Berghorst (Jr.), Maliq Carr (R-Fr.), Kameron Allen (Fr.)^
Offensive Tackle (6): A.J. Arcuri (Graduate)*, Luke Campbell (Graduate)*, Jarrett Horst (R-Jr.)^, Spencer Brown (R-So.), Ethan Boyd (Fr.)^, Brandon Baldwin (Fr.)
Offensive Guard (7): Kevin Jarvis (R-Sr.), Matt Carrick (R-Sr.), Blake Bueter (R-Sr.), James Ohonba (R-Jr.), J.D. Duplain (Jr.), Geno VanDeMark (Fr.), Kevin Wigenton (Fr.)
Offensive Center (4): Matt Allen (Graduate)*, Jacob Isaia (R-Jr.), Nick Samac (Jr.), Dallas Fincher (R-Fr.)
Defensive End (11): Drew Beesley (Graduate)*, Jacub Panasiuk (Graduate)*, Drew Jordan (Graduate)*, Jack Camper (R-Sr.), Zach Slade (R-Jr.), Brandon Wright (Jr.), Michael Fletcher (R-So.), Jeff Pietrowski (So.), Avery Dunn (R-Fr.), Tyson Watson (Fr.), Alex Okelo (Fr.)
Defensive Tackle (7): Jacob Slade (R-Jr.), Dashaun Mallory (R-Jr.), Jalen Hunt (R-So.), Maverick Hansen (R-So.), Simeon Barrow (R-Fr.), Kyle King (R-Fr.), Derrick Harmon (Fr.)
Linebackers (10): Noah Harvey (R-Sr.), Chase Kline (R-Jr.), Ben VanSumeren (R-Jr.), Quavaris Crouch (R-So.), Cal Haladay (R-Fr.), Devin Hightower (R-Fr.), Cole DeMarzo (R-Fr.), Ma'a Gaoteote (Fr.), Carson Castell (Fr.), Itayvion Brown (Rs-Fr.)
Cornerbacks (9): Kalon Gervin (R-Jr.), Kendell Brooks (Jr.)^, Chester Kimbrough (R-So.), Angelo Grose (So.), Marqui Lowery (R-Fr.), Khary Crump (R-Fr.), Charles Brantley (Fr.), Antoine Booth (Fr.), Steffan Johnson (Fr.)
Safety (7): Emmanuel Flowers (R-Sr.), Xavier Henderson (Sr.), Michael Dowell (R-Jr.), Tate Hallock (R-So.), Darius Snow (So.), Michael Gravely Jr. (Fr.)^, AJ Kirk (Fr.)
Place Kickers (2): Matt Coghlin (Graduate)*, Cole Hahn (R-Sr.)
Long Snapper (1): Hank Pepper (Fr.)
*Graduate Seniors who do not count against scholarship total (Allen, Arcuri, Beesley, Campbell, Coghlin, and Panasiuk): 6.
Total Scholarships: 91; 91 Total - 6 Grads = 85 (NCAA cap is 85 scholarships, minus non-graduates who remained at MSU).
^Early Enrollees (Russo, Fay, Walker, K. Allen, Horst, Boyd, Jordan, Brooks, & Gravely): 9. These 9 scholarships can be "backdated" to the previous Class as there are enough spots available based on prior roster construction.
Players in italics = "initial counters", which are new scholarship players to the program: 33.
33 "initials" - 9 early enrollees = 24 (NCAA cap is 25 initial enrollees).
If I have my math correct and am attributing scholarships to all the players, MSU currently does not have any more scholarship space available at the moment for another High School or transfer addition. That said, it’s almost a certainty another roster spot will open up soon.
If any more players leave the program, MSU would have 1 scholarship available under the 25 enrollee cap. Any defections beyond 1 cannot be filled with new players to the program.
MSU can provide Baringer or Hunt (or both) with a 1 year scholarship if enough scholarship positions (again, the maximum total scholarship amount is 85) open through attrition. Both are walk-ons who have previously been on the roster and would not be considered "initial counters" under the NCAA’s 25 enrollee scholarship cap.
If there are any errors, omissions, or holes in my logic, please provide a comment.
This is a FanPost, written by a member of the TOC community. It does not represent the official positions of The Only Colors, Inc.--largely because we have no official positions.