OL Jarrett Horst transfers to MSU


MSU offensive coordinator Jay Johnson/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING — It’s hard to think of a team that has used the transfer portal more lately than Michigan State.

The Spartans, who have already landed graduate quarterback Anthony Russo and running back Harold Joiner III from the transfer portal, added their third transfer acquisition on Saturday in former Arkansas State offensive lineman Jarrett Horst.

Horst started every game at left tackle for the Red Wolves in 2019. He was named to the third-team All-Sun Belt last season and was also named to the Outland Trophy Watch list before the season. The Outland Trophy is awarded annually to the best interior offensive lineman in college football.

Horst played his freshman football season at Ellsworth Community College (Iowa Falls, Iowa) before transferring to Arkansas State. He was recruited out of Ellsworth by Toledo, Buffalo, Nebraska, Indiana, Cincinnati, UMass and Troy, among others. 

With redshirt senior offensive tackle AJ Arcuri possibly deciding to forego his extra year of eligibility, Horst is a player who could slide over and start at left tackle next season. Horst, at 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, also has the necessary size to slide inside and potentially gain a starting spot on the interior.

The Spartans’ activity within the transfer portal has been going at a rapid pace as of late. MSU has had several key players, including quarterback Rocky Lombardi, cornerbacks Julian Barnett and Davion Williams, offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs and linebacker Jeslord Boateng enter the portal over the last week.