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The Only Colors: #V4MSU: Spartans land Freshman All-American WR transfer Jayden Reed
Last season, 5-foot-11 Jayden Reed caught eight touchdowns and reeled in 797 receiving yards for Western Michigan.
That season also saw him end with Freshman All-American accolades from the Football Writers Association of America. It also ended with him announcing his transfer from the Broncos.
This season? Well, on Thursday Reed announced he will be going green and joining the Spartans in East Lansing.
Whether he'll be eligible this year is up for debate, but regardless he will have three years of eligibility left. Regardless, this gives MSU another weapon in an already-solid position group.
Reed is already familiar with some faces at MSU, namely incoming quarterback commit Payton Thorne -- Reed's old teammate at Naperville Central.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: Could Brian Lewerke contend for Big Ten's best QB?
Brian Lewerke is one of the most all-around talented quarterbacks to come to East Lansing since former Spartan Drew Stanton. True, there have been four NFL quarterbacks to don the green and white since Stanton. However, Lewerke possesses the dual-threat talent to take Michigan State far in 2019.
After a stellar 2017 campaign where he tossed 20 touchdowns with over 2,700 yards through the air and 559 yards on the ground, it appeared as if Lewerke was poised for an even bigger 2018 season.
However, from the kickoff of the Utah State game, there appeared to be something off with MSU.
The Detroit News: Michigan football stars talk leaders, followers in recruiting
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and high school football players from across the state are announcing their college decisions and taking visits.
Oak Park four-star offensive lineman Justin Rogers, ranked as the nation's No. 1 guard for the 2020 class by 247Sports, announced Monday he will play at Kentucky.
Four-star defensive end Braiden McGregor of Port Huron Northern was to make his choice Friday night, with Michigan and Notre Dame atop his list.
Rashawn Williams, a four-star receiver for Detroit King, announced a few weeks ago he will play for Indiana. And East Kentwood three-star offensive lineman Dallas Fincher committed to Michigan State this past winter, deciding to play for the same college his father, Mark played at as a tackle in the mid-1980s for George Perles.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: What does Jayden Reed bring to the table?
From Freshman All-American to Michigan State Spartan, Jayden Reed is on his way to becoming one of the best receivers in the Big Ten after transferring to the green and white on Thursday.
Just a week ago, Reed announced he was entering the NCAA Transfer Portal and we discussed how he might be a good fit for the Spartans. On Wednesday, he took a visit to East Lansing after his trip to Iowa and before seeing Illinois in June and decided to commit to Mark Dantonio's program.
Honestly, it was a bit of a surprise given the fact that Michigan State's offense was anemic, at best, last season under Dave Warner, but with Brad Salem now in charge, things are looking up.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: Raequan Williams on cusp of career year
In celebration of the 99, now 98, days until the start of Michigan State football, we're going to preview the Spartans' No. 99, Raequan Williams.
The senior defensive tackle is coming off his best year yet, posting 50 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and two sacks and he's even earning high praise from NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, who has already rated him the fourth-best senior at the position in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
After the junior season he had, it's not crazy to think that Williams will be one of the top defensive tackles chosen in the 2020 draft.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: Explosive athlete, WMU transfer Jayden Reed commits
Well, that didn't take long. Right after we speculated that Jayden Reed could be a solid fit for Michigan State's offense in 2020, after sitting out a year due to transfer rules, the Western Michigan transfer committed to the green and white.
Word on the street was that he took an unofficial visit to East Lansing on Wednesday and shortly after, he must have given his pledge to Mark Dantonio and the Spartans' staff, according to a report from Sean Bock of 247Sports.
I'm told that Western Michigan transfer wide receiver Jayden Reed has committed to Michigan State following a visit to East Lansing.
The Detroit News: Western Michigan receiver Jayden Reed transfers to Michigan State
(Photo: Scott W. Grau, Associated Press)
Jayden Reed made an immediate impact as a freshman at Western Michigan, leading the Broncos in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Now, he'll take those skills to East Lansing.
Reed announced Thursday on Twitter he's transferring to Michigan State. He will have to sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules.
The 6-foot, 170-pound product out of Naperville (Ill.) Central had 56 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season at Western Michigan, averaging 14.2 yards per catch. His season included four 100-yard games, including 137 yards and four touchdowns against Miami (Ohio).
Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football adds WR Jayden Reed, a transfer from Western Michigan
It looks like Michigan State football is getting some help at wide receiver. They'll just have to wait until 2020 to use it.
Jayden Reed, who played his freshman season with Western Michigan in 2018, announced on Twitter on Thursday that he found a new school in MSU.
Reed, a 6-foot, 170-pounder out of Aurora, Illinois, entered the transfer portal earlier this month. He led the Broncos with 56 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference second team.
He also had nine kick returns for 116 yards and 12 punt returns for 215 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown return.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: Is WMU's Jayden Reed a realistic transfer option?
The receiver position has never truly been a problem for Mark Dantonio and Michigan State football as they've had a multitude of All-Big Ten performers over the years.
When Dantonio first got to East Lansing, he had Devin Thomas and then there was BJ Cunningham and Keshawn Martin followed by Tony Lippett and Aaron Burbridge and Felton Davis III. Now, he's on to Cody White and solid support guys like Darrell Stewart Jr., Cam Chambers and Jalen Nailor.
The receiving corps are looking strong heading into the 2019 season, as long as everyone can remain healthy.
But that doesn't mean the Spartans can't do some window shopping for the 2020 campaign, and beyond.
The Only Colors: 100 things to look forward to for MSU football's season
FOLKS, we're almost there.
Just 100 days until we are back cheering for our Spartans as they kickoff the season against Tulsa.
So, what exactly are we excited about for this football season? Here are a few examples:
1. The return of tailgating season in East Lansing. (Duh, had to make this the first one)
2. Zeke the Wonderdog!
3. Watching some poor fan flub the field goal kick before the fourth quarter.
4. Neon jerseys, if you're into that.
5. Green and white jerseys for all the other games, if you're into that (and you should be).
The Only Colors: Jaren Jackson earns NBA All-Rookie First Team honors
After a promising rookie season in Memphis, former Spartan Jaren Jackson was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team on Tuesday.
The young Memphis star put up a solid clip of 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. With a 50.6 field goal percentage and hitting threes at a 35.9 percent rate, Jackson made his presence felt in year one.
Jackson joins Atlanta's Trae Young, Dallas' Luka Doncic, Phoenix's Deandre Ayton and Sacramento's Marvin Bagley III on the First Team.
While fellow Spartan rookie Miles Bridges did not make either All-Rookie teams, he did receive one vote for First Team honors and four votes for Second Team.
Fansided: Michigan State Football: Reasons for offensive optimism in 2019
The offense in 2018 was terrible and Michigan State is well aware of the reasons. It was clearly the cause of the Spartans' 2018 disappointment.
The good part is Michigan State understood the need for quick logical change and the Spartans have the talent to do so. The future could be bright for Michigan State, each position will require focus from everyone.<strong>Quarterbacks</strong>
The quarterback situation for Michigan State is already handled for 2019 and that's a good thing. But the backups are still extremely important.
Brian Lewerke is a senior, and that leaves a big hole for next year.
Detroit Free Press: New Michigan State commit Ian Stewart sees 'something special' with Mark Dantonio
Ian Stewart, a 3-star 2020 wide receiver prospect, has interest, and offers, from Michigan and Michigan State. He also can make eye-popping catches. Joey Delgado, For the Detroit Free Press
They say good things come in threes, so Ian Stewart made a major decision Saturday.
Michigan State will be his college football home.
"I just felt comfortable and ready and sure right now," Stewart said Sunday, a day after announcing his commitment via Twitter. "I just felt sure - it was my mom's birthday and we had prom on the same day. I just felt that was a good opportunity.
Fansided: Michigan State football makes top 6 of 3-star WR Ricky White
With the 2019 class just weeks away from getting to campus, the Michigan State coaching staff knows it's time to start focusing on the 2020 crop of recruits.
One name that has come up recently with major interest is three-star wide receiver Ricky White from Marietta, Ga. He recently released his top six schools which included Michigan State and they may not be fighting any blue bloods for his commitment.
Along with the Spartans, White named Louisville, West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse and Georgia Tech. That's a relatively favorable list of schools if Michigan State wants to reel in a Georgia-native and it has been recruiting the Peach State hard lately.
Detroit Free Press: How to watch Oak Park's Justin Rogers announce college commitment
Oak Park 5-star guard Justin Rogers, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 football recruiting class in Michigan, is making his college commitment Monday at 4 p.m. at his high school.
We'll stream video live from the event, and you will be able to watch at the top of this page.
Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 311-pound lineman, is the No. 30 overall prospect in the class and No. 1 at guard, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio State and Georgia are among the contenders for Rogers.