Michigan State offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa has left the program.
Lukusa posted an interesting message on Instagram earlier in the day Tuesday, and Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press confirmed Lukusa has left the Spartans.
“I really haven’t been in love with football since I was in high school,” Lukusa told Solari. “It’s been awhile, probably since I was a sophomore or junior. I went home for Christmas and had a great time with my family up north — just being away from football and doing other things and working out and playing basketball and running.”
Lukusa was a 3-star recruit in the 2016 class from DePaul Catholic in Wayne, N.J. He was one of the top 400 players in the nation in his recruiting class and one of the top 10 players in the state of New Jersey. He is originally from Michigan but transferred to DePaul Catholic for his senior season of high school.
Mark Dantonio raved about Lukusa during spring practice before the 2016 season, which he took part in because he graduated from high school early and enrolled at Michigan State in January 2016.
Lukusa, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 333 pounds, played in eight games as a true freshman and was a candidate to replace departed senior right tackle Kodi Kieler.
“He’s got to come a ways, obviously, but he’s got great feet and he’s very athletic,” Dantonio told the Lansing Journal during 2016 spring practice. “And obviously very big.”