February 1, 2012

Arnett explains why he's a Spartan

EAST LANSING - Former Saginaw High star DeAnthony Arnett met with members of the Michigan State press corps for the first time since transferring from Tennessee last month.

Michigan State has not yet filed the paperwork that would allow Arnett to play next season after transferring because of a family hardship. Arnett transferred to Michigan State to be closer to his father, who has been undergoing kidney dialysis since last year.

Arnett indicated that after he was granted a release by Tennessee that he chose Michigan State over Michigan because of the Spartan's pro-style offense and opportunity for immediate playing time with the departure of seniors BJ Cunningham, Keith Nichol, and Keshawn Martin.

"He is a young man that has maturity," Dantonio said. "He has three years left to play. Hopefully he can play immediately."

The decision to join the Spartan program was made easier for Arnett because of his pre-existing relationship with Michigan State coaches and players in the Spartan program.

Arnett's relationship with Andrew Maxwell dates back to his days as a rising underclassman receiver at Saginaw.

Maxwell competed against Arnett during his final two seasons at Midland, where Michigan State's sophomore quarterback started for three seasons.

Click below to hear what Arnett had to say during Tuesday's press conference.

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