Former MSU S Emmanuel Flowers transfers to Samford


MSU head coach Mel Tucker looks toward the field during the Spartans’ 40-29 loss to Purdue on Nov. 6, 2021/ Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Carter Landis, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING, Mich—Former Michigan State defensive back Emmanuel Flowers has committed to Samford, he announced on his Twitter account Thursday evening. Flowers is the 11th former Spartan to transfer to a new school. He will have one year of eligibility remaining with the Bulldogs as he entered the portal as a graduate transfer.

Flowers, who committed to Michigan State in February of 2017, saw limited action in his career. He participated in senior day pre-game festivities against Penn State and entered the portal on Nov. 29. Flowers traveled with the team to Atlanta for the 2021 Peach Bowl victory over Pittsburgh, but did not see any game action.

He initially committed to MSU on Feb. 1, 2017 as a low three-star recruit. 247Sports ranked Flowers as the No. 174 overall prospect in California and the No. 1710 recruit in the nation. UCLA was the only other Power Five school to offer Flowers; he was also offered by Hawaii, Idaho and San Diego State.

In his Spartan career, Flowers appeared in 30 games and recorded seven total tackles. He featured more prominently on special teams where he saw a considerable amount of action. Flowers will have a chance to be an experienced member of the defensive back room at Samford, which features nine underclassmen and five departures. 

In 2021, he appeared in 12 games and tallied three tackles. 

Offensive lineman Jacob Isaia, wide receiver Ian Stewart, tight end Trenton Gillison, defensive back Michael Gravely Jr., and defensive end Alex Okelo are now the only Spartans to not announce their next destination. In total, 17 players have announced their intentions to transfer from Michigan State; seven players have transferred in. Michigan State now has two total spots left for their 2022 roster.