Earlier Wednesday, Auston Robertson revealed that he had signed his National Letter of Intent with Michigan State. The signing came nearly two months after Robertson, a verbal commitment to MSU, put off a signing on National Signing Day as he was in the midst of a legal issue.
Specifically, Robertson had been charged with misdemeanor battery in his home state of Indiana after being accused of inappropriately touching a female classmate at his high school. Earlier this month, Robertson entered into a pretrial diversion program that would lead to the charge being dropped in one year if he fulfills the terms set out in the agreement and stays out of trouble.
Additionally, he previously faced misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, damaging or defacing property, and resisting arrest in a different incident, although those charges were ultimately dropped.
Despite the off-field missteps, MSU kept its commitment to Robertson and accepted his NLI.
“Our decision to accept Auston Robertson’s signed National Letter of Intent and Big Ten Tender has been evaluated over the last three months while utilizing all resources available to us to thoroughly review his situation,” head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement.
“Our relationship with Auston began last summer when he committed to Michigan State. When we accepted his verbal (commitment), we also made a commitment to him and his family. We elected not to sign him in early February, and since then he has been accepted into a pretrial diversionary program and must continue to satisfy those requirements. Given all the information available to us, we believe Auston should be provided with an opportunity to begin his education and playing career at Michigan State.”
Robertson was a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com, rated as the No. 10 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 2 player at any position in the state of Indiana.