Michigan State football earns commitment from Michigan LB Semaj Bridgeman

Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Semaj Bridgeman (16) against the
Jan 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Semaj Bridgeman (16) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State football continues to get better every single day thanks to the transfer portal. Jonathan Smith has already earned two commitments from the portal on Friday, and he somehow isn't done yet.

This time he's stealing a young transfer from arch-rival Michigan, and this could be a massive pickup for the future of the program.

Semaj Bridgeman is a linebacker transfer from that school down the road. He was a four-star recruit of high school in the 2023 class. He has only spent one season in Ann Arbor and didn't see any playing time, but that doesn't mean he's a bad player.

We all know how deep Michigan's defense was this past season, so it really isn't a bad sign for any freshman to not get on the field with how talented that group was. But imagine how helpful it was for him to go up against that unit in practice. Michigan was the best team in college football last year, and Bridgeman got to compete with them every day in practice. So even though he never saw the field during games, the amount of practice he got with a team like Michigan is huge for his development.

Bridgeman now brings his talents, and four years of eligibility, to East Lansing where Michigan State can definitely use him. The Spartans have a solid linebacker room already, so I don't expect Bridgeman to play too much this season, but I do think he will still see a good amount of snaps every game. Bridgeman also will be a huge piece to the defense in years to come, so expect to hear his name a lot in the coming years if he stays in East Lansing.

Michigan State continues to improve each day, and with each passing day, my excitement for the upcoming season continues to rise.