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Michigan State football WR Ricky White enters transfer portal

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One of Michigan’s most promising young players has begun the process of leaving the program.

The Free Press learned Monday that Ricky White, who has not played this season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Head coach Mel Tucker never revealed White’s status with the team, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound producer Marietta remained on the list. In August, Tucker said White was not involved in team activities.

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White, a former three-star recruit, came onto the scene in 2020 when he helped the Spartans make a shock 27th-24th Michigan win.

During the afternoon in Ann Arbor, White netted eight goals for 196 yards and scored a touchdown. Working mostly outside as a deep threat, he reached out to quarterback Rocky Lombardi for big plays from 50, 40, 31 and 30 yards. During his active season with the Spartans, he played 175 catches on the offensive teams and special teams. He has had 10 receptions for 223 yards in four games, and has missed his last three games due to injury.

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MSU defensive linebacker CJ Hayes also entered the transfer window on Monday.

Hayes spent five seasons on the show and He said on Twitter He plans to play in the Peach Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Safety of Bowling Green, Kentucky, is a two-year literal starter who turned receiver after the 2019 season and has played in six games this year. In 2019, he had 13 catches for 141 yards over the course of 11 games.

White and Hayes are the seventh and eighth players to leave Michigan State since September 25.

Free Press sports writer Chris Solari contributed to this report.

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