Michigan State football to host San Jose State transfer CB Jay'Vion Cole

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Jonathan Smith is putting in work, folks. The first-year Michigan State football coach went from losing a dozen players to the transfer portal last week to replacing them with even better talent.

Smith has already landed Anthony Jones, Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams, and Brandon Lane from the transfer portal during the spring window and he's gotten Antonio Gates Jr. to withdraw his name. While these don't quite make up for the massive loss that is Derrick Harmon, they are a nice start.

On Monday, Smith hosted one of the best defensive backs in the portal in Arizona State transfer Edward Woods and he's expected to choose between Michigan State and Alabama on Tuesday.

Later on Monday night, a report surfaced of Smith setting up another big transfer visit. This time it's with San Jose State cornerback Jay'Vion Cole.

Cole started his career at Cal-Poly before transferring to San Jose State ahead of the 2023 season where he had 38 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, three interceptions, and 10 pass breakups. He was one of the most effective cornerbacks in college football last season.

And now he's heading to Michigan State to check out Smith's new program and cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin.

What makes this visit even more interesting is the fact that Cole was actually high school teammates with Woods at McClymonds in Oakland, Calif. Woods actually graduated in 2020 and Cole was part of the 2022 class so they're a couple years apart. But this could be a major draw for Cole to join his former teammate in East Lansing.

Adding this cornerback duo would be huge for the defensive backfield in 2024.