Crossing rivalry lines: Michigan State lands transfer from Michigan
College football transfers are now commonplace, but it’s not often that a player leaves for their in-state rival.
But that’s what former Michigan linebacker Ben VanSumeren is doing. On Saturday morning, he announced he will be transferring to play for Mel Tucker at Michigan State.
— Ben VanSumeren (@primetimedunkin) February 20, 2021
VanSumeren began his career at Michigan as full back and a running back. He earned his first career carries in 2019, and scored a touchdown vs. Middle Tennessee State.
But in 2020, he switched positions to linebacker. He played in five games for the Wolverines last season, recording eight total tackles. Based on the graphic he tweeted above, it appears he’ll be sticking at linebacker.
VanSumeren was a 3-star recruiting in the class of 2018, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. That service rated him as the No. 50 overall athlete in the country and the No. 12 player in the state of Michigan for that class. He was also offered by Iowa.
Both Michigan and Michigan State had down years in 2020, but it was the Spartans who got the head-to-head win in 2020.
It’s worth noting that Ben’s younger brother, Alex VanSumeren, is a 4-star recruit in the class of 2022. He was committed to Michigan until Feb. 11 and has since received offers from high-level programs such as Clemson, Wisconsin and Oregon.
VanSumeren will have two years of eligibility with the Spartans.