Michigan State Football: Jarrett Horst discusses why he picked Spartans

Mel Tucker, Michigan State football Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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New Michigan State football transfer Jarrett Horst discusses why he ended up picking the Spartans. This was a huge transfer portal win for Mel Tucker.

After a long season of mediocre offensive line play, Mel Tucker took matters into his own hands and snagged Arkansas State offensive tackle Jarrett Horst from the transfer portal.

Horst began his college career at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. Then, he made his way to Arkansas State.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman was an Outland Trophy watch list member. Plus, he was part of Phil Steel’s Preseason first-team All-Sun Belt list.

The talented lineman was a hot commodity in the transfer portal. When he entered the portal less than a week ago, he received offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Baylor, Indiana and others. That’s absolutely no surprise that some elite programs were after him when you watch his film.

“I pride myself on playing a physical brand of football and playing with an edge and effort,” Horst said.

Even though Horst had big-time offers, he still decided to come play for Tucker in East Lansing. Coaching staff, tradition and the Big Ten lead Horst to Michigan State in his recruitment.

“Just the great coaches and amazing traditions that Michigan State has,” he said. “I’ve been following the Big Ten since I was a kid and it’s been my dream to play in the conference.”

Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and Tucker also played a factor.

“They’re incredible coaches and I can’t wait for the opportunity to play for them,” he said.

Adding a big-time, highly-recruited offensive lineman who has multiple years of eligibility is a huge win for Michigan State. Horst is currently a redshirt sophomore and he will make an instant impact on the offensive line.

The Spartans have already added Harold Joiner and Anthony Russo from the portal. Tucker wasn’t kidding when he said they were gonna hit the transfer portal hard.

Don’t be surprised if there are even more new faces added to the Michigan State roster in the coming weeks, as players opt to leave their current schools.

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