Spartans commit Donovan Winter not signing with MSU yet, facing burglary charges

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It’s an important day in the college football world, as countless high school football players are making big decisions regarding their immediate football future. Many of said players are signing their national letter of intent to play at the collegiate level on Wednesday.

One prospect for the Michigan State Spartans, however, will not be doing so. 3-star defensive end Donovan Winter (Orlando, FL) has reportedly been arrested and is facing burglary charges, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

According to arrest records, Winter was arrested on Monday and charged with burglary and possession of a firearm. He still is behind bars and is not only being held on a $2,000 bond, but is also awaiting to have a GPS placed on him when he is released.

Due to these circumstances, Winter will not be signing his national letter of intent to play at Michigan State on Wednesday. His pledge to the Spartans is now up in the air. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio by rule is not allowed to discuss the matter regarding Winter because he is an unsigned football prospect.

MSU has been the prohibitive favorite for some time. the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Winter pledged to the Spartans back in June of 2016 just two days after attending a summer camp hosted by the program. He also made a recent official visit to the campus back on January 13. Winter is regarded as a top-50 weak-side defensive end and ranks in the top 200 among players in the state of Florida.

It is worth mentioning that Winter and all unsigned football prospects have until April 1 to formally sign their NLI with the college of their choosing. There are rules put in place that allows players to sign after the April 1 deadline, however.