Kenney Lyke latest to leave MSU football program

The Detroit News

Michigan State has lost another player from its vaunted 2016 recruiting class.

Safety Kenney Lyke told ESPN.com on Saturday he is transferring to Mississippi Delta Community College.

Lyke told ESPN’s Dan Murphy he was one credit shy of his required course load.

Lyke confirmed his plans Sunday on Twitter.

"First off I would like to thank Coach Dantonio and the rest of the Michigan State staff for making the time out to recruit me and everything else they have done to better me as a person and athlete," Lyke tweeted. "I will be attending Mississippi Delta Community College to take care of my studies and better my craft until November, per NCAA rules."

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Lyke, a 6-foot-2, 187-pound sophomore from Hoffman Estates, Illinois, played in three games as a freshman last season. He is the third member of the 2016 recruiting class to leave the program, joining offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa and defensive end Auston Robertson, who was kicked off the team after being charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Lyke is the eighth underclaasman to leave Michigan State during the offseason. He is also the second player to leave this week. Defensive back Kaleel Gaines also left the team.