Why an SEC rule kept SJSU WR Tre Walker from transferring to Mississippi State football
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State football nearly landed an experienced player for coach Mike Leach's offense Friday, but an SEC bylaw got in the way.
Former San Jose State wide receiver Tre Walker announced his intention to transfer to Mississippi State via the NCAA transfer portal. Hours later, he tweeted he will not be transferring to MSU after all because of a rule that prohibited him from enrolling.
That rule is bylaw 184.108.40.206 in the SEC Bylaws and Commissioner Regulations handbook. It states an athlete transferring from one four-year institution to another must meet certain requirements.
One is that the athlete must have two years of eligibility remaining unless he has already graduated. Walker does not have his degree from San Jose State and only has one year of eligibility remaining, so he is not eligible to enroll at Mississippi State or any other SEC institution.
Walker could have been a big addition for Leach and his staff. He racked up 2,790 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns at San Jose State. The 5-11, 180-pound slot receiver averaged 14.8 yards per catch.
Mississippi State has a talented receiving corps coming in to join the current wideouts on the roster. Four-stars Theodore Knox of The Woodlands, Texas, and Antonio Harmon of Kosciusko are the No. 2 and No. 3 rated recruits in MSU's class of 2021, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
Four-star quarterback Sawyer Robertson of Lubbock, Texas, is the only recruit rated higher than Knox and Harmon. That duo is joined by three-star wide receiver signees Rodarius Thomas and Jacobi Moore.
True freshman Jaden Walley led Mississippi State with 718 receiving yards in 2020. Senior Osirus Mitchell, who has not said if he will stay at MSU to use his extra year of eligibility, was second with 505. Rising seniors Austin Williams (372) and Malik Heath (307) were third and fourth, respectively.
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