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Michigan State linebacker Devin Hightower enters transfer portal

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Michigan State redshirt freshman linebacker Devin Hightower has reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to Stephen Brooks of 247Sports. The Twinsburg, Ohio native arrived on campus for the fall 2020 season and played in one game, keeping his eligibility to redshirt for the year.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 225 pounds on Michigan State’s roster, Hightower was a 247Sports composite three-star recruit and the No. 44 outside linebacker in his class nationally. He was named the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Division 2 Defensive Player of the Year in high school as well.

Hightower arrived in East Lansing and redshirted for his freshman season. Under the NCAA rules, players are eligible to play in up to four games and preserve a redshirt. Hightower saw action against No. 3 Ohio State, taking the field on special teams for seven kick returns in Michigan State’s 52-12 blowout loss to the Buckeyes in East Lansing on Dec. 5.

Hightower becomes the 27th overall player, fifth linebacker, and sixth player of former head coach Mark Dantonio’s final recruiting class (2020) to enter the transfer portal since the abridged 2020 season started. He will have five years of eligibility remaining thanks to the extra year granted to players by COVID-19 and will be immediately eligible to play wherever he transfers to next.