Arnett was granted his release from Tennessee on Tuesday to play football closer to his ailing father in Saginaw, Mich. Tennessee initially was only going to release Arnett to MAC schools in the state of Michigan, meaning he would have to pay his own way to a Big Ten program like Michigan State or Michigan. But Vols coach Derek Dooley reversed course Tuesday, and Arnett is headed to East Lansing.
He could apply for an NCAA hardship waiver that would prevent him from sitting out the 2012 season as per transfer rules. Michigan State certainly could use the help at receiver after losing top wideouts B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin and Keith Nichol.
Arnett, who also considered Michigan and Notre Dame, had 24 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman this past season for Tennessee. He's a former ESPNU 150 prospect.