OT Justin Stevens enters the transfer portal


MSU offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic supervises a sled-driving drill during 2021 spring practice/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING—Michigan State offensive tackle Justin Stevens became the latest Spartan to enter the transfer portal on Saturday evening.

Stevens, who sat out the 2020 season because of concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, is the 18th player to enter the portal since the conclusion of last year. He did not appear in the 2021 spring game.

He originally hails from Mississauga, Ontario, and played for Clarkson Football North.  Stephens’ intriguing size, at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, caused him to be recruited by former offensive line coach Jim Bollman and former tight ends coach Mark Staten.

Stevens initially committed to MSU on Nov. 25 of 2019 over schools such as Indiana and Syracuse. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 129 overall offensive tackle prospect in the 2020 recruiting class and the No. 1614 overall recruit, in addition to being a three-star prospect.

He was also offered by UConn, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Fordham, Maine, UMass, Northern Illinois and Toledo.

Currently, Stephens is one of four former Spartans still remaining in the transfer portal, including former running back Andre Welch, former safety/cornerback Dominique Long and former wide receiver Javez Alexander.