Charles Brantley is the latest Michigan State football player to exit the transfer portal.
The junior cornerback withdrew his name Friday, a program spokesperson confirmed. This was the second time in 2023 that Brantley entered the portal and decided to return to the Spartans, doing so in May after spring practices.
Brantley is the seventh Spartan to enter the portal after new coach Jonathan Smith was hired Nov. 25 to withdraw his name and return to MSU. He is also the third this week to decide to return, joining defensive tackle Derrick Harmon and offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark.
As of Friday morning, the Spartans had eight players in the gate. That includes three other key pieces of the defense: defensive ends Zion Young and Khris Bogle; and linebacker Jacoby Windmon. Players have until January 4 to enter or withdraw from the portal.
Brantley has two years of eligibility remaining after starting and playing in just three games this fall, which would allow him to earn a redshirt season. He recorded 10 tackles and a pass breakup in three games before suffering what turned out to be a season-ending upper body injury against Washington on September 16.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Sarasota, Fla., native struggled with injuries during his first three seasons at MSU despite starting 15 of his 22 career games.
As a true freshman in 2021, Brantley threw the game-clinching interception in the Spartans’ win over Michigan and played in eight games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury during a loss at Purdue. He finished his freshman season with 18 tackles and four assists in 172 snaps.
In 2022, Brantley made 48 tackles while starting 11 games and had the only interception by the MSU secondary – a pick-6 against CJ Stroud and Ohio State. He missed the last game against Penn State due to injury.
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