Spartans go overseas to add punter

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Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

East Lansing– After adding 11 three-star recruits within the United States for the 2021 recruiting class, Mel Tucker went overseas for the first time as Michigan State’s head man with the commitment of Australian punter Mark Vassett. 


Vassett announced his intentions early on May 8th.  

Vassett is a little-known prospect with minimal American football playing experience. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia, and trains with Prokick Australia, who, according to their Twitter page, assists with “transitioning Australian kickers, punters and athletes to the grand stages of American Football.”  

The agency has tutored several notable players, such as current Pro Bowl punter Michael Dickinson and 2016 Ray Guy winner Mitch Wishnowsky. 

247Sports does not have a scouting profile on Vassett, but the Melbourne native has intriguing size for the position—he is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. He will be expected to compete with current redshirt juniors Tyler Hunt and Bryce Baringer for the starting punting job next season.