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Chicago — Michigan State freshman wide receiver Julian Major is on the Spartans’ roster released Tuesday, but his status with the team remains up in the air.

Coach Mark Dantonio said at Big Ten media days that Major is “in flux” after enrolling in January but then leaving school in the spring.

“Julian Major is in flux, you could say,” Dantonio said. “I think the thing when talking about Julian is that when young people come midyear they face challenges being away from home for the first time, school hits them in the teeth.

"You know, 12 hours of academics, you’ve got football, you’ve got lifting, you’ve got things you’re dealing with. In the springtime he stepped away because he just wasn’t ready to deal with it so he stepped away and went back home.”

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Major was a three-star recruit from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh. He was one of seven players that enrolled early from the 2018 class and took part in spring practice before leaving school.

However, he’s had a change of heart and is attempting to return.

“He wants to come back,” Dantonio said. “He's got to transition back into it, not from an athletic perspective, but from a university perspective.

"That will get weighed out here in July here yet."

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