Freshman quarterback Joe Boisture announced he intends to transfer from Michigan State. Boisture was redshirted this past season, and was pegged at No. 3 on the QB depth chart behind senior Kirk Cousins and sophomore Andrew Maxwell. Incoming freshman Connor Cook is also set to compete for that third spot.â†µ
Boisture announced his decision in a statement to SpartanMag.com:
"It is in my best interest that I have decided to leave the Michigan State football program," Boisture said. "I love the university, my teammates, the medical staff and most of all Coach Dantonio. Coach D truly cares about me and all of his players off the field as well as on the field.â†µ
"I have the utmost respect for him as a coach and person and wish him and the Spartans nothing but success."â†µ
As the Lansing State Journal's Joe Rexrode points out, Boisture would presumably have had a chance to compete for the starting quarterback position in 2012. But it appears that Maxwell was already the favorite to take over and perhaps that's why Boisture decided to transfer.â†µ
Rivals.com had Boisture ranked as the No. 7 rated player in Michigan (and No. 18 pro-style quarterback) out of Saline High School in 2010. He transferred to Saline from Goodrich High for his senior season to face tougher competition, but did not have a strong year.â†µ
The Only Colors has more on Boisture's decision and how it could affect MSU for 2012.