Former MSU fullback Max Rosenthal transfers to Illinois


Max Rosenthal lines up during a game/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Sean Mullen, General Assignment Reporter

EAST LANSING— Former Michigan State fullback Max Rosenthal has found his new landing spot. 

Rosenthal, who entered the transfer portal on Dec. 21, announced his commitment to fellow Big Ten program, Illinois. He now joins an ever-growing list of Spartans to find a new home this off-season, but becomes the first to land with another Big Ten school.

Rosenthal also garnered interest in the transfer portal from schools such as Iowa, Wisconsin, California, and other FCS programs. 

Originally out of Winnetka, Illinois, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound fullback joined the Spartans as a walk-on as part of the 2017 recruiting class., He did not receive any scholarship offers out of high school. Once arriving at MSU, he eventually earned a scholarship offer following his redshirt freshman campaign. 

Rosenthal appeared in 20 total games throughout his Spartan career; he played in eight games in 2018 and 12 in 2019. Overall in his career, he recorded two receptions for four total yards, including one receiving touchdown in 2019. He also recorded a touchdown in the 2018 season after recovering a fumble in the end zone against Maryland. 

Rosenthal will now get a second start to his career with the Illini where he will look to have a larger role than he did with the Spartans.