One Michigan State football transfer is flying under the radar

Sep 2, 2022; Norfolk, Virginia, USA;  Old Dominion Monarchs linebacker Wayne Matthews III (15)
Sep 2, 2022; Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Old Dominion Monarchs linebacker Wayne Matthews III (15) / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

At this point, it feels like there are a million new faces on the Michigan State football team. The incoming transfer number may only be at 17 right now, but that is an insanely large number for one offseason.

Many of Michigan State's transfers are receiving a lot of hype, none more than star quarterback Aidan Chiles. But there is one incoming transfer who has been flying completely under the radar since he committed to Michigan State in January.

Wayne Matthews is a transfer linebacker from Old Dominion. He played at Old Dominion for three seasons, redshirting in his first season, and is coming off an insanely impressive season last year.

Matthews racked up 135 tackles including 3.5 sacks. He also accounted for three force fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three passes defended.

On top of all of this, Matthews is a top 100 player in the transfer portal according to 247Sports. He currently is the No. 87 overall player and the No. 4 linebacker in the entire portal.

Popular website PFF is even higher on Matthews as they have him as the No. 2 linebacker in the transfer portal this offseason.

When Matthews committed to Michigan State on Jan. 10, I remember it being a huge celebration because of how highly he was ranked in the portal. But the chatter surrounding him has died down since.

Matthews, in my opinion, will be an immediate contributor for this Michigan State defense and even has a chance to be a starter in Week 1 as well. So the fact that more people aren't talking about him is crazy to me.

Sure he is on the defense and most people tend to focus way more on the skill positions on offense, but I think he deserves just as much love as anyone else. He is a massive addition to the program, and I think it's time that we start treating him that way.