EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State fans got good news Monday night as junior cornerback Tyson Smith announced he has been cleared after suffering a stroke last year.
I get cleared this month!
— Tyson Smith (@4Tyson_TD) June 13, 2017
Smith’s return would provide a great boost for the Spartans, who face yet another departure after Coach Mark Dantonio confirmed Tuesday that junior cornerback Vayante Copeland is no longer with the team. Smith did not appear in 2016 after playing as a true freshman in 2015.
However, Dantonio commented Tuesday on Smith’s announcement, saying that despite the clearance, the 5-foot-11 junior’s on-field future is still in question.
“Tyson tweeted out his situation, so we’re going to see where that takes us,” Dantonio said. “I have my concerns about whether he’s able to play again or not. That’s an ongoing process. Certainly he’s been a good player for us and everything like that, but I don’t really want to speak to his medical situation. We’ll see what happens.”
Michigan State welcomed its incoming freshman class this week for a series of minicamps. That meant the arrival of cornerbacks Emmanuel Flowers and Tre Person. A third cornerback commit, Shakur Brown, has not yet arrived. Dantonio said Brown, who committed June 3, is still finishing his senior year of school in Georgia.
Michigan State will get additional depth at cornerback from Justin Layne, Josh Butler, Josiah Scott and T.J. Harrell.