Michigan State RB leaves team, intends to transfer, Harlon Barnett announces
Jordon Simmons’ time with the Michigan State football team has come to a close.
Michigan State interim coach Harlon Barnett revealed Simmons’ decision to transfer on Monday. Simmons is no longer a member of the Spartans.
“This morning, Jordon Simmons came up and said he thinks he’s going to jump in the portal,” Barnett said in his press conference. “And so, with that being said, he’s off the team. There wasn’t nothing bad, he went home and talked to his parents over the bye week, and we said, ‘Okay, that’s fine’. That’s what he has available to him, as far as football’s concerned.”
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The NCAA opened a 30-day window for Michigan State players to enter the transfer portal after Mel Tucker’s firing. Simmons is in Year 4 of his college football career, but will have 2 remaining seasons of eligibility by using a redshirt for 2023 and applying the NCAA’s COVID-19 waiver to the 2020 season.
Out of McEachern in Powder Springs, Georgia, Simmons was a 3-star recruit in the Class of 2020. He picked up 21 scholarship offers, choosing MSU over Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon and others.
As a freshman, Simmons led the Spartans in rushing with 219 yards on 56 carries in 5 games. He finished his MSU career with 137 carries for 520 yards over 34 games in his career. This season, Simmons had rushed just 7 times for 14 yards.
Michigan State faces Rutgers in Week 7. Saturday’s game is set for noon ET, airing on the Big Ten Network.