With the changing of coaching staffs, Michigan State football was bound to lose some players to the transfer portal.
I’m not sure I expected some of the names that entered on Monday.
One of them happens to be QB1 Katin Houser.
According to a report from Pete Thamel, Houser is entering the transfer portal with three years of eligibility left.
The former four-star quarterback was one of the best at the Elite 11 finals before coming to Michigan State and he decommitted from Boise State to join Mel Tucker’s 2022 class. Unfortunately, things weren’t as smooth and easy for him in East Lansing as he would have liked as he redshirted in a tumultuous 2022 season and then didn’t win the starting job ahead of 2023, eventually taking over for Noah Kim.
Houser started seven games and showed plenty of flashes, but the coaching staff didn’t do him many favors (looking at you, Jay Johnson).
He now leaves with plenty of uncertainty in MSU’s quarterback room.
Michigan State football will need to find a new QB1
The obvious assumption is that Sam Leavitt would be the guy, but with so much uncertainty on the current roster, it would not shock me to see him enter the portal and go somewhere out west.
That means that Jonathan Smith would be taking over a roster with no clear QB1.
Could he bring in his guy in Aidan Chiles from Oregon State? That seems to be the overwhelming opinion, but that’s not going to be easy as Chiles is one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the country and will have plenty of suitors.
Hopefully Smith has a plan for this.