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Michigan football contacts MSU transfer Keon Coleman in transfer portal

The Michigan football program has officially reached out to Michigan State transfer wide receiver Keon Coleman.



Michigan State transfer wide receiver Keon Coleman, Michigan football
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Keon Coleman, arguably the best player on the 2022 Michigan State football roster, recently hit the transfer portal just after former starting QB Payton Throne did the same. Coleman is one of the top players on the market right now, and seeing as the Wolverines are a bit thin at wideout, it makes sense that he was immediately on Jim Harbaugh’s radar. On Saturday night, it was confirmed that the Michigan football program has reached out to Michigan State transfer wideout Keon Coleman.

Michigan football targeting Michigan State transfer wideout Keon Coleman

The Michigan State Spartans faced a significant setback recently when two key players, Payton Thorne and Keon Coleman, announced their transfer. Both of them were starters on the previous year’s team, with Coleman standing out as one of the top offensive players in the entire Big Ten. He was also known for his skills on Tom Izzo’s Michigan State basketball team. Recent reports suggest that the SEC is showing interest in acquiring both former Spartans through the transfer portal.

Keon Coleman was a bright spot for Michigan State Spartans fans in a season that was, quite frankly, riddled with question marks and disappointments. Despite high expectations following the Spartans’ 11-2 season in 2021, Mel Tucker and his program fell to a dismal 5-7 record, including some embarrassing losses to Maryland, Indiana, and others. With Coleman and Thorne now on their way out the door, the outlook for 2023 is not promising.

During his time in East Lansing, Keon Coleman played in 22 games, making 12 starts, and caught 65 passes for 848 yards and eight touchdowns. He was a two-year letter-winner in football and one of the Spartans’ top offensive weapons. According to new reports from Hayes Fawcett of On3, Jim Harbaugh wants him to join the Wolverines in Ann Arbor this fall. Who can really blame him? While it seems unlikely that Coleman will choose to go to Maize and Blue next fall, in college football recruiting, never say never, as the Wolverines are now officially in pursuit.

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CJ has covered college athletics in paid roles for around five years, including numerous sports and beats. His most recent work revolves largely around Penn State and Michigan football and basketball as a member of the credentialed media at both schools. Right now, CJ writes for Blue by Ninety, where he also serves as the site's credentialed football reporter. He also does some credentialed basketball coverage. Previously, CJ has made stops with sites like GBMWolverine, Saturday Blitz, Steeler Nation, and more.