Former MSU safety Dominique Long transfers to Duke


MSU head coach Mel Tucker talks with safety Dominique Long during a game/ Photo Credit: MSU Athletic Communications

Nathan Stearns, Football Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING- Former Michigan State safety Dominique Long has found a new home.

On Thursday evening, Long announced that he has transferred to Duke. He initially entered the portal on Jan. 27.

Long, a former three-star recruit out of Westerville, Ohio, was rated by 247Sports as the No. 32 overall prospect in Ohio and the No. 59 overall recruit at the safety position within the 2017 recruiting class.

Before committing to MSU in 2016, he was offered by Air Force, Bowling Green, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Miami (OH), Navy and Ohio.

In 44 career games, including one career start against Indiana in 2020, he accumulated 51 tackles, two pass deflections and one blocked punt. Long carved out a role as a special teams ace during his time in East Lansing, but struggled to gain significant playing time over safeties Xavier Henderson, David Dowell, Tre Person and Michael Dowell.

He also was named an Academic All-Big Ten selection on three separate occasions while majoring in mechanical engineering.

Long is the 25th overall transfer to enter the portal since the conclusion of the 2020 season.  The Spartans have seen nine players enter the portal since last Saturday’s spring game in tight end Tommy Guajardo, kicker Jack Olsen, offensive lineman Damon Kaylor and Justin Stevens, defensive ends DeAri Todd and Jasiyah Robinson, long snapper Bryce Eimer, defensive tackle Chris Mayfield and quarterback Theo Day.

Stevens has since transferred to Central Michigan. Running back Andre Welch and wide receiver Javez Alexander are also currently in the portal.