Jonathan Smith is flexing his recruiting muscle against Alabama

Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith talks the media on the first national signing day for college
Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith talks the media on the first national signing day for college / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

One thing that Jonathan Smith has proven in his short tenure at Michigan State is that he is a solid recruiter. He hasn't proven to be an elite recruiter yet, but he has done many things extremely well.

Smith saved the 2024 high school class that was decimated when he became head coach. He didn't make any huge splashes in that class, but he was able to get many recruits to join the class late in the cycle and keep some commits with the program, including the Spartans' top commit Nick Marsh.

Smith has also done an excellent job in the transfer portal as well. In the winter, he brought in 10 transfers, headlined by star quarterback Aidan Chiles. Now this spring he is off to a fast start with three transfer commitments already.

Now Smith turns his attention to a transfer corner from Arizona State, and Smith appears to be flexing his recruiting muscle against none other than Alabama.

Michigan State in a battle with Alabama

In case you missed it, Michigan State is getting a massive visit from one of the top corners in the transfer portal in Edward Woods from Arizona State. His visit to East Lansing begins on April 29, but the fact that Smith was even able to get this visit is a big deal.

According to Spartan Tailgate, Woods visited the Tide this past weekend and it was expected that he would commit to them on the spot. However, Smith was able to get in his ear and get a visit from Woods before he makes his final decision.

Now there's no guarantee that Michigan State will win this recruitment, and I'd honestly bet that Woods still goes with Alabama, but this is no small feat from Smith. Alabama is still Alabama, even without Nick Saban, so any time MSU can see a positive development in a recruitment against them then the Spartans must be doing something right.

A win in this recruitment would be one of the biggest from Smith yet. But even if Woods doesn't go green this is still a great sign to the strength of Smith as a recruiter.