Nick Sanders, who played at Detroit Country Day, is a freshman walk-on for coach Tom Izzo’s Spartans.
Sanders, who will wear his father’s number 20 in green and white, is listed as a 5-foot-9, 170-pound guard from Franklin.
He’ll be behind a plethora of talented returning guards, including Tyson Walker, A.J. Hoggard and Jaden Akins, for an MSU team that went 23-13 last season and made the second round of the NCAA tournament, falling to eventual national semifinalist Duke.
Barry Sanders, a Hall of Fame running back who spent all 10 NFL seasons in Detroit before abruptly retiring in 1999, is an ambassador for the Lions. His eldest son, Barry J. Sanders, played running back from 2012-15 at Stanford and spent 2016 at Oklahoma State, his father’s alma mater.