It's hard to think about the times when Jonathan Smith has made a move that had us scratching our heads, but the new Michigan State football coach has been on his A-game.
That continued on Tuesday.
In fact, Smith made one of the bigger hires to his coaching staff just a couple of weeks after Harlon Barnett announced that he wouldn't be joining the coaching staff after all.
Smith went out and poached Demetrice Martin from Oregon.
If the name sounds familiar, that's because Martin used to play for Michigan State from 1992-95 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1994. He played cornerback for the Spartans and ended up making some NFL practice squads and flirting with NFL Europe and Arena Football before entering the coaching ranks and working his way through the Pac-12.
Actually, he coached for six different Pac-12 teams. He started at USC and then went to Washington, UCLA, Arizona, Colorado, and then just finished up at Oregon where the Ducks had a ton of success over the past couple of years under Dan Lanning.
Now, he's headed back to his alma mater to coach the cornerbacks, teaming up with secondary coach Blue Adams who has also made a name for himself. Those two are going to be quite the tag-team and should help improve the weakest part of the Spartan defense.
Also, Martin is going to recruit at a high level. He has landed 28 four-star recruits throughout his career and that's going to be added to in East Lansing.
Smith made yet another big-time hire and we're all here for it.