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July 18, 2011

Info on new MSU football transfer

This is Denny Schwarze in for Joe. I spoke today with James Kittredge, a former Vanderbilt defensive lineman who has transferred to play at Michigan State.

Kittredge said that he got his release from Vanderbilt and took a visit to East Lansing about a month and a half ago. He said he went home and talked things over with his parents and high school coaches before officially deciding that he wanted to transfer to the Spartans. Kittredge will have three years of eligibility once he sits out the 2011 season and said he does not know whether he will be a scholarship player or a preferred walk-on.

When I asked Kittredge if the coaches were looking at him for offensive or defensive line, he replied with a decisive "defensive line", but did not say whether they were looking at him for defensive tackle or defensive end.

Kittredge was an Under Armour All-American coming out of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. He was an All-State offensive and defensive lineman on a team that was rated #1 in the country by USA Today following the 2009 season. Rivals.com rated him the 13th-best player in New Jersey as a senior in high school and Kittredge carried offers from some pretty serious schools such as Notre Dame, South Carolina, West Virginia and North Carolina State. MSU also had an offer out to Kittredge at the time and he explained to me that he had seriously considered the Spartans even before committing to Vanderbilt. James' father played at South Carolina from 1973-76 and was on the team in the first season that Mark Dantonio earned a letter with the Gamecocks.

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