Jack Conklin passes up senior season with Michigan State football for NFL

Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin is headed to the NFL after his junior campaign.

For his entire high school career, Jack Conklin was lightly recruited and not many prominent colleges even knew his name. It wasn’t until he sent his tape to Mark Dantonio that he got the offer he was looking for, even though it was to be a walk-on, and the big offensive tackle began his career as an unknown, fighting his way up the Michigan State depth chart.

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Conklin redshirted in 2012 as he watched the Spartans’ offense struggle mightily under the direction of Andrew Maxwell. He started 10 out of 13 games in Connor Cook’s first season as the starter, helping lead MSU to a Rose Bowl victory.

As a sophomore, he started every game, was named an All-Big Ten selection and fourth-team All-American while helping the Spartans to the Cotton Bowl win.

In what has now become his final season at Michigan State, the junior offensive tackle started most games, only missing a couple due to injury, and was still named a first-team All-American, but all signs pointed to him coming back for a senior season because 2015 didn’t live up to expectations.

However, the big offensive tackle has decided to forgo his senior campaign at MSU and head to the NFL as a potential first-round pick.

Michigan State’s offensive line will be taking a big hit next season with the departures of Jack Allen, Donavon Clark and now Conklin — it will basically be a brand new unit.

Whichever team lands Conklin will be getting a franchise left tackle.