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Keon Coleman departure from MSU may not be done deal yet

It seems like MSU may still have a shot here.

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Keon Coleman entered the transfer portal last week and has taken two visits, but his departure from MSU isn’t a done deal.

I know, I know, all the Keon Coleman talk at this point feels like overkill. I get it. But there’s just something about this specific transfer that feels different.

Coleman entered the portal on the final day last weekend and the rumors immediately started swirling about his decision. Some national analysts thought it might be NIL-related but 247Sports’ MSU insider Justin Thind said it was likely partially due to the quarterback situation.

No one really had the official word from Keon and he immediately scheduled a couple of visits after hearing from an astounding 59 programs.

Over the weekend, he visited Florida State and it looked like he had a great time and then he took a trip to Oxford to see Ole Miss on Tuesday. Two big-time programs seemed to have shown serious interest, yet no commitment has been announced yet.

And it doesn’t exactly seem like he has been 100 percent sold on either one.

Sometimes all it takes for a player to realize he was in a good position is to go out and hear from other programs for himself. The targets may not be the same at other programs, the NIL deals may not be what he thought, and the schools may not offer what he expected. Disappointment can happen.

To me, that seems like a good sign for Michigan State. That, and the fact that Michigan State has a good NIL package for Coleman lineup up and his mother wants him to stay in East Lansing. Those are the factors that could keep Keon from exploring further options and taking his talents back where he is wanted most: Michigan State. In a perfect world, he takes his name out of the portal and plays one final season in East Lansing for Courtney Hawkins before going to the NFL as a first or second-rounder.

Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world. Keon Coleman is still one of the most highly sought-after transfers on the market and Mel Tucker has a lot of selling to do in order to get him to stay.

But what seemed like a done deal a week ago is not exactly looking like that now.

The door for him returning isn’t wide open, but it’s at least cracked. And Spartan fans would welcome him back with open arms.

Writer, co-owner of Spartan Shadows. Michigan State and college football expert at FanSided and formerly of The Detroit News. Expert on all things Michigan State. Connor Muldowney has written about Michigan State since graduating from the university with a degree in journalism back in 2013. Ten years of experience as a Michigan State writer/reporter.

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