In the last week or so two Michigan State football players have left the program. One is Fred Smith, who had been at MSU since 2008. The other, Onaje Miller, was set to join the program officially this summer. He signed with Michigan State this past February, but the school has released him from his letter of intent.â†µ
Smith's time at MSU was a roller coaster ride, to say the least. The Spartans gained a big recruiting victory over Michigan when Smith committed and later signed with MSU, and Smith appeared in nine games as a freshman. He redshirted during his sophomore season, however, and at the end of the season he was involved in the Rather Hall brawl and spent time in jail before being reinstated to the team.â†µ
Once he was back with the Spartans, Smith moved to fullback, but he appeared in just eight games this past season, and most of his appearances came on special teams. Joe Rexrode reports that Smith switched back to receiver this past April, but Smith has now decided to leave the program. He will have two years of eligibility left wherever he ends up.â†µ
Miller was a four-star running back on Scout and had three stars on Rivals. He is from Lansing Sexton and was actually MSU's first commit for the class of 2011. Because he has been released from his letter of intent, Miller is free to sign with a new school.â†µ
UPDATE: Donald Spencer, a wide receiver, has also left the program.