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Michigan State football player calls Jaden Mangham “soft” after committing to Michigan

I mean, he has a point.



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Following his commitment to Michigan, Jaden Mangham’s former Michigan State football teammate Ken Talley called him “soft”.

Ken Talley is not afraid to speak his mind. The Michigan State football defensive lineman has been a vocal recruiter on social media for the Spartans and he also doesn’t hold back when something bothers him.

So when Jaden Mangham committed to Michigan on Friday evening, he didn’t mince his words.

It seems a bit harsh, but when you take a step back and look at the situation, you see that Mangham decided to leave Michigan State where he was going to start under Jonathan Smith and a much-improved coaching staff for rival Michigan. That just doesn’t happen in this rivalry much.

While we’ve seen Semaj Bridgeman take a visit to Michigan State and Ben VanSumeren transfer to the Spartans, those were not projected starters nor were they on Michigan’s two-deep. They were both fighting for a spot on the depth chart and they felt like Michigan State may offer them that. Bridgeman has not committed to the Spartans, but you get the idea.

We have never seen a starter from either Michigan or Michigan State transfer to their rival. It’s just an insane move.

What makes it even worse is that Michigan wanted to throw Mangham’s former teammates in jail or have them kicked out of school following the tunnel incident. That hate in the rivalry should’ve been enough to drive him far away from Ann Arbor. But instead, he’s headed to Michigan where he might start next season for a Big Ten title contender.

Talley has a point here. Mangham ran from the grind of rebuilding a program to join a hated rival that just had success.

This is the college football equivalent of Kevin Durant losing to the Golden State Warriors and then immediately joining them so he could compete for a title instead of grinding it out in Oklahoma City.

Don’t expect Michigan State football players to be lovey-dovey with Mangham next year when the two teams meet up.

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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