Monday was yet another good day for Michigan State football coach Jonathan Smith as he continues to build a roster that could compete in the Big Ten sooner rather than later.
Just a couple of days after landing FCS All-American Luke Newman from the transfer portal, Smith went out and landed his kicker of the future.
While he was still at Oregon State, Smith landed "five-star" kicker Martin Connington from Idaho and he had to be thrilled at the future of the position in Corvallis. But now that he's in East Lansing, he wanted Connington to come with him.
And on Monday, Smith flipped Connington from the Beavers.
Connington is just a two-star recruit on 247Sports, but he's ranked the No. 7 kicker in the country by the recruiting database. But the Kohl's Kicker Rankings have him listed as a five-star on their site and he's the No. 5 kicker in the country. You have to respect the Kohl's rankings because, well, they specialize in kickers and punters.
Michigan State has Jonathan Kim coming back for another season which will allow Connington to learn for a little bit before taking over as the full-time kicker in year two.
Plus, I wouldn't be shocked to see Connington get some kickoff work this season unless Smith has decided he wants to redshirt the talented kicker from Idaho. It wouldn't be the worst thing to have him appear in four contests for some experience and then redshirt after that.
The roster is shaping up nicely not only for next season but for the future.