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Coveted defensive tackle transfer Jay'viar Suggs sets commitment date

FaceProfileby:Thomas Goldkamp05/14/24

After trimming his list to four schools, Grand Valley State defensive tackle Jay’viar Suggs has announced a commitment date.

The transfer will make his choice on Wednesday at an unspecified time, he announced on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening.

Kentucky, LSU, Michigan and Wisconsin are the four finalists for his service.

LSU got into the mix late but managed to bump a team from Suggs’ initial list of a final six, which included the likes of Arkansas, Florida State and USC. Those three schools were cut with the tightening of the list down to four.

Florida State had seemed to be in a promising position after getting Suggs on campus, with the talented defensive tackle raving about the visit. But the Seminoles have been eliminated at this point despite the selling point of having two recent NFL draftees off the defensive line: Jared Verse and Braden Fiske.

The talented defensive lineman had also reportedly developed a strong relationship with Seminoles assistant coach Odell Haggins.

“What stood out to me was who he is as a person,” Jay’viar Suggs said. “It’s different when you talk about yourself. But when other people talk about you, you can see what type of person they really are. His message was clear: ‘Come in, play your best and we’re gonna work.’”

Michigan State did not make the final six despite hosting Suggs on a visit.

In two seasons at Grand Valley State, Jay’viar Suggs recorded 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and nine passes defended.

That type of production has made him one of the most coveted players in the transfer portal, particularly in the spring window, which tends to be a bit lighter on talent, especially in the trenches.

As a recruit, Jay’viar Suggs was an unranked prospect, coming out of Flint (MI) Clarkston.