May 10, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett's request for a residence waiver has been granted by the NCAA, so he will be eligible to play in 2012.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Arnett had 24 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns in 2011 as a true freshman at Tennessee but requested a release from his scholarship following the season, so he could transfer closer to his hometown of Saginaw, Mich., and his father William, who is battling heart and kidney problems. William, who is waiting for a kidney transplant, undergoes dialysis three times a week.
Arnett transferred from Tennessee and enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 9, 2012, for the beginning of the spring semester. He participated in spring practice for the Spartans and caught five passes for 33 yards in three scrimmages.
"We received exciting news from the NCAA late this morning, stating that DeAnthony Arnett's waiver request has been granted, so he'll be eligible to participate this season," Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said. "The NCAA's decision isn't just beneficial to him as an individual but to his entire family as well, knowing that they'll have an opportunity to see him compete this season.
"DeAnthony appreciates Michigan State's complete team effort, led by (Athletics Director) Mark Hollis and (Faculty Athletics Representative) Mike Kasavana, in presenting his case. Our compliance staff, in particular Jen Smith and Holly Baumgartner, did an outstanding job of compiling all his father's medical records and presenting the facts to the NCAA. Our director of football operations Tim Allen also worked closely with the compliance staff throughout this process.
"DeAnthony is thrilled with the NCAA's decision, and he's looking forward to getting back to work in preparation for the upcoming season. He's an outstanding young person, and we're delighted that he's been afforded the opportunity to further his education and athletic career here at Michigan State."
"Coach D's call (regarding the NCAA's decision) put a big smile on my face," Arnett said. "From the beginning, my father told me not to worry and to put the waiver request in the good Lord's hands. I'm glad everything is taken care of, so I can concentrate on preparing to have an impact on the team this fall."
A two-time all-state selection at Saginaw High School, Arnett was ranked among the nation's top wide receivers in the 2011 recruiting class, including No. 2 by Sporting News, No. 8 by Scout.com, No. 9 by ESPN.com and No. 12 by Rivals.com. As a senior, he accounted for more than 1,200 all-purpose yards and 14 TDs. In 2010, Arnett led the Saginaw Valley League with 42 receptions for 782 yards and eight scores.
Michigan State (11-3 in 2011), the defending Big Ten Legends Division champion, will report to campus for physicals, compliance and drug education meetings, and a media workshop on Friday, Aug. 3 and begin preseason practice on Saturday, Aug. 4.