Michigan State football lands Nebraska DT transfer Ru’Quan Buckley

Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday,
Michigan State's head coach Jonathan Smith leaves the file after the Spring Showcase on Saturday, / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

What a day this has turned into for Michigan State football. The Spartans already earned one transfer commitment on Monday from Cincinnati edge rusher Tyler Gillison, and now Jonathan Smith has earned his second commitment on the defensive line of the day.

Ru’Quan Buckley is a transfer defensive tackle from Nebraska. He is a familiar name to Michigan State as the Spartans were heavily involved in his initial recruitment out of high school. That is why this commitment doesn't come as a huge surprise to me since Buckley clearly already had a lot of interest in MSU.

Buckley, who was on Michigan State's campus Monday when he committed, is making a return back to his home state as he is originally from Three Rivers, Mich. Buckley appeared in eight games this past season for Nebraska, but unfortunately hasn't had a breakout season in college yet. Smith, however, has an eye for talent and has a history of developing a lot of his players at Oregon State, so I have full faith that Buckley can turn into a solid player at Michigan State.

While Buckley may not be a starter for MSU initially, he helps sure up the defensive line by adding some much needed depth. The Spartans lost four key pieces to their defensive line to the transfer portal, so at this point they need anyone they can get to help add some depth. That is exactly what Buckley will be able to do, and who knows, maybe he'll be able to grow into a serious threat in his final two seasons at Michigan State.

There's no denying that Smith and his staff are on a roll. They really didn't have much of a choice, but I love the aggression they're showing in the transfer portal. I just hope they're able to keep it up because MSU still needs a lot of help from the portal heading into next season.