Ma'a Gaoteote, LB for Michigan State, has entered the transfer portal

Ma'a Gaoteote, LB for Michigan State, has entered the transfer portal ...

Another Michigan State football player is looking for a new school, which is causing a notable drop.

Maa Gaoteote, a former four-star recruit, has been confirmed as the highest-rated prospect in Mel Tucker's first recruiting class leading the Spartans.

As the Spartans finish 11-2, Gaoteote, 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, has posted seven tackles and one pass break-up.

Signing the portal does not mean that a player will be able to transfer, but it also allows him to be contacted by other schools.

Palaie Gaoteote, the younger brother of Ohio State linebacker Palaie Gaote, is the 18th Michigan State player to enter the portal since September and the 15th since the end of the regular season.

Gaoteote, from the Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, was a long-time USC commit who flipped to Michigan State during the first day of the early signing period in December 2020. He was the only four-star prospect the Spartans signed in the 2021 class.

Due to the epidemic, most of the players in Michigan State's recruiting class signed without ever visiting campus or meeting coaches in person.

Cal Haladay and Quavaris Crouch were Michigan State's starting linebackers this season, while Noah Harvey, Chase Kline, and Ben VanSumeren both returned.

All slated to return for the next season, but it's unclear if Harvey will be able to utilize the additional year of eligibility provided by the NCAA due to COVID-19.

In December, Michigan State signed four terms, including two linebackers in Jacoby Windmon (UNLV) and Aaron Brule (Mississippi State). Quavian Carter, a three-star prospect from Georgia, was the only high school linebacker to be signed to the Spartans' recruiting class.

According to Pro Football Focus, Gaoteote has logged 65 defensive snaps this season while also assisting special teams. With other returners and the addition of Windmon and Brule, he appeared to struggle for more playing time in 2022, but was seen in a video posted on Tuesday.

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