4-star defensive end Auston Robertson signs with MSU

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Back in early February, the Michigan State Spartans were inking all their new 2016 recruits that has become the one of the best recruiting classes for head football coach Mark Dantonio.

However, one of their highly-touted targets, Fort Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson, put his signing on hold due to some off-the-field issues that surfaced around that time.

But on Wednesday, Robertson announced that he had signed his national letter of intent to take his talents to East Lansing and play for the Spartans next fall.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Robertson is regarded as one of the best high school prospects from the state of Indiana, a top-10 defensive end nationally, and among the top 150 overall prospects in the 2016 class.

Robertson said that he stayed in contact with Dantonio and his staff through the whole ordeal and that made his decision to sign with MSU much easier.

“I’m just thankful that my team never gave up on me and I’m just ready for the next level,” said Robertson.

“It shows how committed they are to me,” he said. “I want to do the same to them. I’m really happy they stuck with me throughout this whole process, so is my family. I’m just very thankful of Coach D.”

Robertson will be plugged right into that defensive front for the Spartans after the departures of three seniors from last year’s team.