Jonathan Smith picks up his most impressive commitment with Michigan State football

Dec 11, 2020; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Edward Woods (32)
Dec 11, 2020; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Edward Woods (32) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Smith has done it again. In what is surely his most impressive recruiting win in his Michigan State football tenure, Smith beat out Alabama for one of the top corners in the transfer portal.

Edward Woods is a transfer corner from Arizona State who has just made it official and committed to Michigan State. The talented corner just wrapped up his fourth season with the Sun Devils where he finished with 33 tackles, four pass defenses, two forced fumbles, and one interception. So it's no surprise that Woods was a sought-after target in the portal, but this recruitment came down to just two schools in the end.

This past weekend, Woods was on a visit to Alabama. Everyone thought he was a lock to the Tide and would commit to them during his visit.

Jonathan Smith had other plans.

Smith was able to get in Woods' ear on his Alabama visit and convince him to make a trip to Michigan State right after.

At this point, it was still unknown where Michigan State stood in his recruitment. Getting Woods to visit when everyone thought he'd commit to Alabama was impressive on its own, but Smith was able to get him to commit just one day after his visit to East Lansing ended.

Woods isn't the most talented player Smith has brought to Michigan State, but this is by far his greatest recruiting win. I know Alabama isn't the same since Nick Saban retired, but they are still Alabama. Michigan State usually just doesn't win these types of recruitments against powerhouse programs like Alabama. But that appears to be a thing of the past.

Woods has a chance to be a day-one starter for Michigan State in a secondary that needs a lot of help. This pickup is massive for the future of the program and shows that Smith and Michigan State are major players in any recruitment.