Former Western Michigan wide receiver Jayden Reed will have to wait a year until he plays his first game at Michigan State.
Over the offseason, the Spartans picked up a commitment from Reed, who decided to transfer from Western Michigan after one season. Reed recently learned from the NCAA, though, that an immediate eligibility waiver was denied, meaning he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season.
Reed made his announcement via his Instagram account.
“A few months ago I made a decision knowing all of the repercussions,” Reed wrote on Instagram. “Therefore I will be sitting out a year. To this day I have no regrets, it’s still #GoGreen #GoWhite.”
WMU transfer WR Jayden Reed says on Instagram he’ll be sitting out the 2019 season pic.twitter.com/3bUpzLrRDh
— Stephen Brooks (@StephenM_Brooks) July 15, 2019
Reed was the leading receiver at Western Michigan as a freshman, totaling 56 receptions for 797 yards and eight touchdowns. His best performance of the year came against Miami (OH), when he hauled in seven catches for 137 yards and four touchdowns.
Michigan State is in a good spot at the wide receiver position, returning Cody White, Darrell Stewart Jr. and Cam Chambers. Sure, Reed would’ve been an excellent addition to that group, but the Spartans may need the new addition in the future as opposed to immediately.
The Spartans opens the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30 against Tulsa in East Lansing.