EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 15: Isaiah Lewis #9 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a 39 yard touchdown after intercepting a pass from Denard Robinson #9 of the Michigan Wolverines in the fourth quarter of the game at Spartan Stadium on October 15, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Michigan 28-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Michigan State DT Matt Ramondo is leaving the program and is planning a transfer to New Mexico State.
After spending his freshman season watching and practicing with the team as a redshirt, Michigan State defensive tackle Matt Ramondo has been granted a release from his scholarship and plans to transfer to New Mexico State.
Ramondo had no reservations about signing on to play for Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio coming out of high school, but preferred to be much closer to home considering it takes upwards of 24 hours to drive from East Lansing, Michigan, to his hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. "It was a great experience to get last year under my belt," the 6-foot-5, 320 pound defensive lineman said after making his decision. "I'm trying to come to NMSU because this is home."
Ranked as the No. 46 defensive tackle in the 2011 class by Rivals.com and No. 59 by Scout's Inc, Ramondo hopes to meet with fourth-year New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker on Monday to talk about his options. Even if he isn't offered a scholarship, the former two-way player in high school certainly has enough talent to walk-on to the team and made an impact if given the opportunity.