Ex-Saginaw receiver DeAnthony Arnett will transfer to Michigan State
Earlier in the week, former Saginaw High School and Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett was given complete freedom to transfer to the school of his choice.
On Wednesday, he made his decision.
He's headed to Michigan State.
"It was tough from an emotional standpoint, going through things with my father," Arnett told The Saginaw News. "The choice of going to State wasn't hard at all.
"State is home. They were one of the teams that recruited me the hardest. I didn't talk to anyone from (University of) Michigan. I wasn't able to talk to Coach (Mark) Dantonio. I had to wait until Tennessee released me. When that happened, everything else happened right away. It was an easy choice. State is only a 50-minute drive from my house."
Arnett's story made headlines last week when he spoke to several media outlets about how current Tennessee coach Derek Dooley would not grant him a full release from his scholarship.
Originally, Arnett said Dooley would allow him to transfer to a school in his home state, so long as it was a Mid-American Conference school, and not Michigan or Michigan State.
On Tuesday, though, the situation was cleared up, as Dooley granted the 6-foot, 175-pound receiver his full release.
Arnett chose to leave Tennessee to be close to his ailing father, who is battling various medical issues.
After the news of his release, Scout.com midwest recruiting expert Allen Trieu told AnnArbor.com that Arnett would likely decided between the Wolverines and Spartans for his ultimate destination, though he seemed to be leaning away from heading to Michigan due to limited scholarship numbers.
As a freshman at Tennessee last season, Arnett — a former four-star recruit — caught 24 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns.