Former Purdue TE/WR Maliq Carr transfers to MSU


MSU wide receivers coach Courtney Hawkins supervises a group of wide receivers during fall practice of 2020/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING— According to multiple reports, former Purdue wide receiver Maliq Carr is transferring to Michigan State to play football and basketball as a walk-on. He joins fellow wide receiver Keon Coleman, a 2021 commit, who is also planning on playing football and basketball.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Carr is expected to either play tight end or wide receiver for the Spartans. He is the third new receiving option who is at least 6-foot-4, after Coleman and Louisville transfer Christian Fitzpatrick.

Carr played for Oak Park High School and was a four-star wide receiver within the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. The site also rated Carr as the No. 5 overall player in Michigan and the No. 78 overall prospect in the nation.

He originally chose Purdue over schools such as Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M, Georgia, Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Miami (FL) and Maryland.

Carr appeared in three games in 2020 as a reserve and registered his first career catch against Iowa on Oct. 24. He finished his freshman season with one catch for 15 yards.

247Sports recruiting analyst Charles Power categorized Carr as a prospect who”brings immense potential to the table as a tight end prospect.”  He is also described as “a strong deep ball receiver (that) projects as a dangerous threat working up the seam at the next level as evidenced by his preposterous 38 yards per catch as a junior.”

Carr comes from a sports-centered family, as his father, Cornell Mann, is currently an assistant men’s basketball coach at Missouri. Mann also played college basketball at Akron and Colorado. Carr’s mother, Peggy Carr-McMichael, received the 1989 Miss Basketball award, which is given to the best overall high school player in Michigan.  She went on to play college basketball at Tennessee and Ohio State.