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One of the biggest pieces of Mark Dantonio's 2017 recruiting class isn't a part of it quite yet.

Donovan Winter, a three-star defensive lineman from Orlando, didn't sign on National Signing Day after he was arrested and charged with burglary and larceny of a firearm.

Per the Orlando Sentinel, Winter is still in Seminole County jail. The paper also reported that Winter is no longer a student at his high school.

Winter is the No. 50 player at his position, per Rivals and one of the higher-ranked players in Michigan State's class, which the site ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 32nd in the country.

None of this means Winter won't end up with Michigan State, as National Letters of Intent aren't due till April 1.

But this is an all too familiar situation for Dantonio and the Spartans, who have been through plenty of National Signing Day drama in recent years.

Last year, four-star defensive lineman Auston Robertson didn't sign on National Signing Day because of a misdemeanor charge. And you might remember the chaos created when Malik McDowell's parents wouldn't let him submit his National Letter of Intent to play for the Spartans.

So just add this latest hold up to what is unfortunately becoming a National Signing Day tradition for Dantonio's program.