Ben VanSumeren felt like he was in high school again.
After spending three seasons in Michigan, the guard entered the transfer portal on February 12 and coaches across the country called him.
VanSumeren originally planned to spend about a month to pick a new school, but because the recruitment process quickly got older, he made a decision on Friday night and announced his commitment to Michigan State University on Saturday.
He said: “I think I found the best position.”
VanSumeren is also considering other schools, including Indiana, Arizona, West Virginia, TCU, Northwestern University and Missouri. Although former Michigan State guard Edward Warinner was transferred to Michigan in January last year, the transition from corn, blue to green and white is not common. Van Sumeren said that there is no problem in welcoming the Wolinners, and even after the fans in Michigan grow up, he does not think that changing sides in the competition is not a problem for him. However, Van Sumeren, a graduate of Garber High School in Essexville, knows that some people have different opinions.
He said: “I don’t feel weird at all.” “This is a business decision. This is what I have to do. It is the most suitable for me. I know the media wants to hype it to make it competitive Stand out. I’m fine. As a villain, I’m fine.”
VanSumeren was a three-star forward, was a promise from Iowa, and signed with Michigan State’s 2018 recruiting class as a guard. He appeared in four games as a true freshman while also wearing a red shirt, and had 20 yards of 9 passes and touchdowns in five of the next five seasons.
After two seasons of offense, VanSumeren stated that he is used more as an H guard or guard than a real guard. He has played all six games this season, and has played two with perimeter guards. He has seven tackles.
“The initial changes weren’t as many as you thought,” said high school guard Van Sumeren. “I am a player, I used to be a player. I think I will catch up soon. …I think I am a real defender now. My skills are very refined and I should have no problems.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh overhauled his staff during the offseason, including disbanding defensive coordinator Don Brown and having former Baltimore Ravens assistant Mike McDonald (Mike Macdonald) instead. VanSumeren decided to enter the portal when the outlook for the outside defender position changed.
Speaking of Michigan’s defense, he said: “We didn’t really take advantage of this this year.” “With the new employees, it really took me about a week before I realized that their only plan was to make me hurry up and concrete. Layoffs… I just think I am a person who has nothing to do. I know my worth. I know I can choose places where I have the opportunity to eat in every place, and I will not short myself.
After entering the portal, VanSumeren said that like most schools, Michigan State University reached out within a few hours. He would rather stay at home, but this is not the deciding factor. The goal is to find the right person, and the Spartans are like that.
VanSumeren said: “This is really a place for me to achieve all my goals-play immediately and do my thing at the guard position.” “I think I am an inside guard and they will provide me with the opportunity to do this. I like it. The coaching staff, I believe in those guys. I think the plan is developing.”
VanSumeren said that since entering the portal, he has been talking to Michigan State University coach Mel Tucker every day, and he has been actively pursuing transfers since the first season he led the program. Michigan State University added a 6-year transfer in January, and VanSumeren is one of the other three scholarship transfers, but the only guard is where Spartans is weak.
Veteran Antjuan Simmons is the team’s top guard, but will not use all of the additional qualifications granted by the NCAA for the season, and all fall sports players have entered the NFL draft. Red-shirt junior Noah Harvey (Noah Harvey) started all seven games this season. Red-shirt sophomore Chase Kline is the best in the team and is the team The only two guards with defensive experience. Under the leadership of new defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton, Michigan State will also enter its first season as 4-2-5.
VanSumeren said: “They think I am suitable for one of the attractions.” “I think I am an inside guard. They watched my movie and liked it, and they thought I was a supporter behind the scenes. In about half of the other schools, they Think of me as a fringe rusher, an outside player, and this is not what I am really interested in. This place does give me a place to thrive and do things that I feel comfortable with.”
VanSumeren returned to Bay City, but is still taking classes in Michigan, and the semester is scheduled to end in late April. He plans to enroll at Michigan State University in May and is now focusing on training.
VanSumeren said: “It’s actually just for me to think correctly and for my body to be correct.” “I should meet with the coach through Zoom and let me adapt to the script. When I somersault and run, I will be ready to go to summer.
Van Sumeren, who is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, plans to play about 245 pounds in the fall. He also believes that his agility has been ignored and pointed out the 85 catches he received when he graduated from high school.
VanSumeren said: “I really don’t like the full narrative of switching guards, not me.” “I’m an athlete. Last spring, I ran 4.56 (40-yard sprint) at 250 pounds, but the speed was getting better Hurry. I plan to run 4.4 before entering campus in May.”
VanSumeren had previously become college teammates with his brother Alex VanSumeren, who is a four-star defensive tackle in Essexville Garber in 2022. However, the day before VanSumeren entered the portal, Alex withdrew from the Wolverines. They may still team up in East Lansing, but the Spartans have a lot of contenders recruiting Alex. VanSumeren said that his younger brother is in contact with the Alabama coach every day and points out the new team including Clemson.
VanSumeren said: “Really, he just wants to do his own thing, he is his own guy.” “He must choose the person who suits him best. If it’s an MSU, it’s an MSU.”
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