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Defenseman Josh Jacobs (Shelby Township) is leaving Michigan State after one season, the school announced Friday. Jacobs is expected to play for the Ontario Hockey League Sarnia Sting, which holds his rights.

"Josh has informed me that he has decided to leave school to pursue his professional hockey interests," Michigan State coach Tom Anastos said. "We are certainly respectful of his decision, appreciate his contributions to our program, and wish him all the best in his hockey career moving forward."

Jacobs, a New Jersey Devils' 2014 second-round pick (41st overall), had nine assists in 35 games for the Spartans in his freshman season.

"I informed Coach Anastos that I will be pursuing my professional hockey interests elsewhere next season," Jacobs said. "I'm very thankful to Michigan State University and the hockey community for everything over the past few years and I wish them nothing but the best going forward."

The 6-foot-2, 191-pound defenseman played for the United States Hockey League Indianapolis Ice in 2013-14 where he was a plus-39 in leading the club to a league title and named a First-Team All-Star.

Sarnia took Jacobs, then with Detroit Honeybaked U16 team, with its fourth pick (72nd overall) in the 2012 OHL priority draft.