Hudsonville quarterback Casey Blackport is going to be a walk-on at Michigan State. Usually news like this wouldn’t be relevant to Michigan at all, but in this case it actually is after this popped up on SpartanMag.com:
Michigan State received some welcome news last weekend when they learned that Hudsonville quarterback Casey Blackport will walk-on to the Spartan program. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect was listed as a preferred walk-on at Michigan, but recently decided that East Lansing was the best place for him.
I’ll be honest, I had never heard of Blackport up until learning he was going to MSU this past weekend. That seemed strange since most of Michigan’s preferred walk-ons get some mention in the media or at least on recruiting sites, but this was the first I had heard of Blackport.
Upon Googling his name and doing some digging, I learned that Blackport is a lifelong Michigan State fan, didn’t receive offers from any FBS schools (according to Rivals), and fits the usual skill set for a preferred walk-on. I had trouble finding any info about him planning on going to Michigan, though. The only place I found that said anything about him attending Michigan is MWolverine (formerly DAVETGC), which lists him on the “developing depth chart” and says he picked U-M over MSU. Even his Rivals profile doesn’t include Michigan in his list, however, so it seems like his decision to go to U-M came a bit out of nowhere.
The same could be said for his sudden change to MSU, which could be explained by the fact that Michigan already has a couple preferred walk-ons at QB, but I really don’t know. If he had an offer to play at Michigan State before now, I don’t know why he chose Michigan in the first place considering he is an MSU fan. Obviously simply being a fan of a certain school isn’t the only factor for where a recruit goes to college, and maybe being a preferred walk-on presented more benefits at the time of his original decision. Whatever the case, he has changed his mind and is now a Spartan, making for a very odd story.