Michigan State quarterback Messiah deWeaver announced on Saturday that he intends to transfer.
The redshirt freshman appeared in two games this season but did not attempt a pass. He ran the ball four times for 20 yards.
“After much thought and prayer about my future, I’ve decided to transfer from Michigan State University !” deWeaver posted on Twitter. “I want to thank Coach Dantonio, the coaching staff, my teammates, faculty, and the great fans in East Lansing for supporting me and giving me lasting memories that I’ll never forget ! I’m looking forward to the challenges and goals that I have set high for myself ! It was a blessing to grow and to be a part of Spartan Nation ! My journey continues … #GoGreen.”
The 6-foot-4, 221-pound deWeaver was a four-star recruit in the 2016 class out of Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. He enrolled in January 2016 as part of a heralded recruiting class and led a nine-play, 58-yard scoring drive in the spring game that year.
In 2017, he was slowed in the spring by an injury as sophomore Brian Lewerke locked down the starting quarterback position and proved he wasn’t letting it go, gaining more than 3,300 total yards this season while leading Michigan State to 10 victories, including Thursday’s Holiday Bowl win over Washington State.
With Lewerke entrenched as the starter it made the prospect of playing time uncertain while the Spartans have continued to bring in highly rated passers. Rocky Lombardi, a four-star recruit, just finished his redshirt season while four-star Theo Day signed in December and plans to enroll next month.