Michigan State football will be getting visit from transfer CB Edward Woods

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Jonathan Smith has been hit hard by the transfer portal, but the first-year Michigan State football coach has also done a good job of landing some top players via that route.

Smith has landed a number of players from the portal this offseason and he's been on a hot streak recently with commitments from Anthony Jones, Brandon Lane, and Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams. He also recently made the top four of Auburn wide receiver transfer Ja'Varrius Johnson and re-landed Antonio Gates Jr. after he entered the portal.

On Monday, he's pursuing another big fish.

According to a report Corey Robinson of SpartanTailgate, Michigan State will be hosting Arizona State cornerback transfer Edward Woods on a visit.

According to that report from Robinson, Woods was just on a visit to Alabama and many believed that he was going to commit to Kalen DeBoer and the Tide, but Smith got him to hit the road for at least one more visit. The Pac-12 familiarity may have come into play, but Smith did a really good job of convincing him to check out East Lansing.

Woods would fill an immediate need in the defensive backfield. That's been one of the team's weaknesses for the past few years which means it's a far cry from the 'No Fly Zone' days.

Landing a cornerback like Woods would be huge not just for depth but because he's also good enough to slide into a starting role. He's drawing interest from teams like Alabama so clearly he has enough talent to play at the highest level.

Woods had 33 tackles, three tackles for loss, an interception, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles last season for Arizona State.