WR Ricky White transfers to UNLV


MSU wide receiver Ricky White makes a diving catch against Michigan on Oct. 31, 2020/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Manit Patel, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING Mich—On Friday, Michigan State saw the fourth player in a week transfer to another university; this time as second-year wide receiver Ricky White announced his intentions to transfer to UNLV. He follows offensive guard James Ohonba, tight end Kameron Allen and wide receiver/safety C.J. Hayes as former players who have transferred since Jan. 14. 

White, 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Marietta, Georgia, burst onto the scene with his eight-catch, 196-yard outburst in the Spartans’ 27-24 win over Michigan on Oct. 31, 2020. It was the second-most yards for any Spartan wideout ever against the Wolverines in a single game as a Spartan; he was subsequently named as the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.

In 2020, he had 10 receptions for 223 yards in four games before missing the final three games of the season because of an injury. White didn’t appear in a game in 2021 for MSU; he will have four years of eligibility remaining for UNLV.

MSU wide receiver Ricky White/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

White was rated a three-star by 247Sports as well as the No. 40 overall recruit in Georgia and the No. 70 wide receiver prospect in the country. He was the highest-rated recruit in MSU’s 2020 recruiting class and compiled 31 Division I offers from the likes of Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Utah State.

He is the 10th former Spartan to commit to a new school alongside wide receiver/safety C.J. Hayes (Syracuse), defensive end Jack Camper (Virginia), cornerback Kalon Gervin (Kansas), linebacker Chase Kline (Eastern Michigan), linebacker Cole DeMarzo (Wyoming), defensive lineman Tyson Watson (UMass), defensive tackle Kyle King (Ball State), offensive guard James Ohonba (Louisiana-Lafayette), and tight end Kameron Allen (SMU).