Former MSU DT Chris Mayfield transfers to Ohio


Michigan State defensive line coach Ron Burton/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Sports Broadcast Director

EAST LANSING— For the second time this week, Michigan State coach Mel Tucker has seen one of his former players transfer to another university.

On Tuesday, defensive tackle Chris Mayfield formally left the MSU football program and transferred to Ohio. He originally entered the transfer portal directly following the 2021 spring game.

Mayfield, who didn’t appear in a game during his time in East Lansing, was a three-star recruit out of Hilliard, Ohio. 247Sports rated him as the No. 50 overall recruit on Ohio and the No. 1227 overall prospect within the 2020 recruiting class. Before initially committing to MSU, Mayfield held offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Maryland, Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, Boston College and Iowa State among others.

Both Mayfield and former quarterback Theo Day transferred to new schools this week. Day, who entered the portal on April 28, committed to Northern Iowa on Monday.

Linebacker Devin Hightower, running back Andre Welch, wide receiver Javez Alexander, long snapper Bryce Eimer, quarterback Eli McLean and defensive end Jasiyah Robinson are still currently in the portal for MSU. Only Welch and Alexander have received playing time over the past two seasons.