The Michigan State Spartans football program announced late today that redshirt freshman wide receiver Kyle Kerrick has been granted a release from his scholarship and is able to transfer.
Kerrick is a big, physical receiver from Coatesville Area High School in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Out of high school, Kerrick had offers from programs such as Cinicinnati, Illinois and West Virgina, but he ultimately ended up at Michigan State.
The move comes as no surprise to those who follow Michigan State football closely. There were never really expectations of Kerrick to begin with; he was just expected to add depth.
After redshirting his freshman season, Kerrick may have seen the writing on the wall during spring football practices this year and during the spring game, when he was the 11th receiver taken overall behind four walk-ons.
He did manage two catches in the spring game, but there was almost zero chance of Kerrick making his way into the rotation of receivers this fall.
Kerrick had also tried moving to safety at one point in time during his brief stay in East Lansing, but that also didn’t work out.
The move will ultimately help the Spartans in the long run as it frees up a scholarship for the team, which they can end up using on a new receiver for the class of 2014.
Receiver will become a high priority for head coach Mark Dantonio, as the loss of Kerrick and the saga with incoming freshman Jay Harris leave two empty spots in an already weak wide receiver rotation.