Michigan State football adds FCS All-American via transfer portal

WORCESTER - Holy Cross offensive lineman Luke Newman at practice Wednesday, August 16, 2023.
WORCESTER - Holy Cross offensive lineman Luke Newman at practice Wednesday, August 16, 2023. / Rick Cinclair/Telegram & Gazette /

Just when you think Jonathan Smith can't win anymore, all he does is dig into the transfer portal and get one of the top FCS transfers in the country to join Michigan State football.

On Saturday night, FCS All-American offensive lineman Luke Newman committed to Michigan State, becoming the 11th transfer addition for the Spartans. He is also the second offensive lineman to transfer to Michigan State, joining former All-Pac-12 interior lineman Tanner Miller who followed Smith from Oregon State.

Newman is actually originally from Michigan, attending Brother Rice High before getting minimal interest at the FBS level and deciding to attend Holy Cross where he became a star.

And now, he's opting to join Michigan State and head back home after a solid career with Holy Cross, choosing to make a name for himself at the FBS level. He will be able to play on the interior or at either tackle spots and that's going to solidify the improving offensive line even more.

With Miller and Newman coming in, the Spartans should have one of the most improved offensive lines in the Big Ten, especially with Geno VanDeMark, Brandon Baldwin, Kristian Phillips, and Ethan Boyd coming back, Gavin Broscious and Stanton Ramil returning from season-ending injuries, and a slew of talented linemen coming in with the 2024 class, led by four-star Rustin Young.

Oh, and Jim Michalczik is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.

This line is going to have some serious depth heading into the 2024 season and I'd be shocked if it wasn't the most improved unit (outside of quarterback) on the team.