Huge day for Michigan State and its wide receiving corp for the upcoming season.
DeAnthony Arnett is coming to East Lansing he decided today, according to Allen Trieu of Scout.com.
Trieu said Arnett made his decision after visiting East Lansing today and meeting with Mark Dantonio.
Arnett was released from his scholarship at Tennessee after requesting to transfer back closer to his home in Saginaw because of his father’s increased health problems. Arnett will apply for a medical hardship, and if granted, he would not have to sit out a year. If he does have to sit out a season, it will use his redshirt season and he will retain three years of eligibility.
“It was tough from an emotional standpoint, going through things with my father,” Arnett said to MLive’s Hugh Bernreuter. “The choice of going to State wasn’t hard at all. State is home. They were one of the teams that recruited me the hardest. I didn’t talk to anyone from (University of) Michigan. I wasn’t able to talk to Coach (Mark) Dantonio. I had to wait until Tennessee released me. When that happened, everything else happened right away. It was an easy choice.”
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley initially granted Arnett a conditional release, allowing him to transfer only to MAC schools in Michigan. Arnett fought for an unconditional release and was granted it yesterday.
Arnett tweeted Tuesday, “I am very appreciative of coach Dooley for making this decision today! We both have the same beliefs that family is first!”
According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Arnett also considered Michigan and Notre Dame. (Don’t know when he had time to …)
As a true freshman, Arnett had 24 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns for the Vols.
Michigan State will be losing its top three receivers, and also two tight ends, after the Spartans finished their season Monday with the Outback Bowl win against Georgia.
Junior Bennie Fowler, redshirt freshman Juwan Caesar, sophomores Keith Mumphery and Tony Lippett are the leading candidates for playing time next season.
Michigan State had four remaining scholarships for the 2012 class, but that number is down to three now. It will be interesting to see if the Spartans choose to still pursue another receiver in that class. It is highly unlikely they will take two more, but Lawler is an incredible talent and is an absolute burner, while Madaris has been a target since the end of his sophomore year. At the least, this will impact the decisions of those two talented recruits — especially Madaris, who just received interest from Ohio State.
Dantonio supposedly wants to add a safety, a defensive lineman and a wide receiver to the class, but the addition of Arnett could change who they pursue and who has an offer.