Michigan State names Oxford shooting victim Tate Myre as member of its 2022 recruiting class

The state of Michigan began its initial signature period honoring one of the victims of the Oxford High School shooting.

Spartan coach Mel Tucker said in a video on Twitter that the team would recognize Tate Myre as the first member of the 2022 class. Myre was a former Oxford football player. Myre, Hana St. Juliana, Justin Shilling and Madisyn Baldwin were four students shot to death on November 30 at the high school.

“We are honored to recognize Tate Myre as the first Spartan Dawg in class 2022,” Tucker said in the video. “A Spartan Dawg is not defined by the plays they make on the field, but by the character they exemplify, the leadership they bring to their team and their community and, for extraordinary individuals like Tate Myre, their heroism. Tate is, and always is. it will be, a spartan dog.

According to Detroit Free PressSoccer and wrestling coach Ross Wingert said that on the day of the shooting, Myre ran towards the attacker to try to disarm him.

“I told them that Tate is the fastest and most athletic kid in that school,” Wingert said, according to the report. ‚ÄúThere’s no way I couldn’t have gotten out of there if I wanted to. He would have been the number one candidate to be able to run out of that school if he had wanted to. I know that Tate chose to do what he thought was right and made the ultimate sacrifice. “

Michigan State was the last team to honor the victims of the shooting. Michigan honored Myre by wearing patches number 42 on their jerseys (42 was Myre’s number in high school) with four hearts on the patch to represent the four victims. The Lions dedicated their first victory of the season to the Oxford community. During the pregame stage, they wore Oxford caps and shirts, and had stickers on the back of their helmets to honor the victims.

The Free Press reported that Myre had been invited on a recruiting visit for the Michigan State-Penn State game, and Tucker said Myre wanted to play for the Spartans. He was a member of the recruiting class of 2023.

“Tate Myre had an unmatched work ethic, athleticism and love for his teammates,” Tucker said. “He had a passion to one day play for Michigan State. His passion was paired with unstoppable drive and to keep going to get there. Tate’s consistency on and off the football field lifted everyone who knew him. Our hearts go out to him. the families and loved ones of Hana St. Juliana, Justin Shilling, Madisyn Baldwin and Tate Myre. And we will continue to support the Oxford community in any way we can. “