TheSportingNews- Donovan Winter committed to Michigan State last summer, but the defensive end from Florida didn't sign with the Spartans on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old was in the Seminole County Jail after being arrested Monday and charged with burglary and larceny of a firearm.
Online jail records show Winter was still being held Wednesday morning on $2,000 bond and was awaiting a GPS tracking device. His initial hearing is set for March 7.
Earlier Wednesday, the Orlando Sentinel noted there was no placard set out for Winter at Bishop Moore Catholic High School's National Signing Day festivities. Asked via text about the omission, Bishop Moore coach Matt Hedrick replied to the Sentinel, "No, he's not signing. Long story." The Sentinel learned later in the day that Winter is no longer a student at the school.
"Coach, this guy is in prison!"
"Well, cross him off then..."
In all seriousness though, this has to considered a blessing in disguise. When you really think about it, who desperately needs a break more than the universities that are making billions of dollars off student athletes in exchange for useless degrees in Communications? Sometimes it's just nice to see the good guys catch a fortuitous roll of the dice, and not even rubbing the most serendipitous of rabbit's feet could have gotten Michigan State dealt this fortunate of a hand.
You bring in enough supremely talented teenagers who are young, dumb, and full of cum and you're bound to end up with a few bad eggs that haven't shown their cracks yet. This gun toting son of a bitch was getting ready to stink up the whole fridge, but he got tagged at the checkout line. Literally couldn't ink a binding contract that would make his future transgressions at least partially tied to an institution that may feel compelled to excuse them (depending on his quickness off the edge, of course), because he got put behind bars mere hours before having the half-assed insurance that comes with signing said agreement.
From Donovan Winter's point of view, this set of circumstances must read like a depressing line from Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' if she had written a trailer park remix to it. However, Mark Dantonio and company must feel like they just received precautionary alleviation from the migraine they didn't even know they had yet. Michigan State may have lost depth on their D-line, but they gained a roster spot free of felonies. Lucky bastards basically got in a fender bender only to get out and realize it saved them from driving over a bridge that was out.