MSU LB Ben VanSumeren enters transfer portal, Isaia transfers to Fresno State


MSU linebacker Ben VanSumeren celebrates during the Spartans’ 2021 Peach Bowl victory over No. 12 Pittsburgh on Dec. 30, 2021/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING, Mich—Michigan State linebacker Ben VanSumeren entered the transfer portal on Monday afternoon.

VanSumeren, a redshirt senior, is the older brother of current early enrollee and four-star defensive tackle Alex VanSumeren. The elder VanSumeren transferred to MSU from Michigan during the 2021 offseason. He is the 19th transfer that has entered the portal for MSU dating back to last September.

He appeared in all 13 games for MSU this season, compiling 12 tackles in 256 overall defensive and special teams snaps. VanSumeren also started in the Spartans’ 31-13 victory over Rutgers on Oct. 9 in place of Cal Haladay, who was ejected for targeting against Western Kentucky the previous week.

MSU linebacker Ben VanSumeren trots onto the field in the Spartans’ 40-29 loss to Purdue on Nov. 6, 2021/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

247 Sports rated him as a three-star recruit and the No. 12 overall prospect in Michigan within the 2018 recruiting class. Before originally committing to Michigan, VanSumeren held offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and others.

Despite serving as a solid depth option for the Spartans, VanSumeren was facing an uphill battle for playing time with the arrival of transfers Jacoby Windmon and Aaron Brule, as well as the return of All-Big Ten honorable mention linebacker Cal Haladay and 2021 four-star Ma’a Gaoteote.

In other news, former Spartan reserve interior offensive lineman Jacob Isaia has transferred to Fresno State. He is the 12th Spartan since the 2021 season to transfer to a new school. In his MSU career, Isaia appeared in 24 games for MSU, 13 coming in 2021. He was set to play behind returning center Nick Samac and Washington State transfer Brian Greene, as well as starting guards JD Duplain and Matt Carrick.

Isaia, a three-star recruit from Las Vegas, Nevada, initially committed to MSU on Oct. 01, 2017 over the likes of Arizona, Indiana, Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville, Utah, UCLA, Ole Miss, Boise State, Georgia Tech, BYU and others.