Michigan State hosts San Jose State CB Jay’Vion Cole

The Michigan State Spartans continue to weather the storm that was during the spring transfer window. Coach Jonathan Smith saw the departure of several key starters and contributors on the defensive side of the ball.

He also suffered losses in the defensive backfield.

Smith has focused on the defensive backfield this recruiting cycle — some of his most coveted recruits play safety or cornerback — but he may also have to use the transfer portal.

With the Big Ten expanding to include explosive offenses like USC, Oregon and Washington, Smith knows the defensive backfield will be critical to success.

Recently, SpartanMag’s Kenny Jordan announced via X, formerly known as Twitter, that San Jose State transfer cornerback Jay’Vion Cole would visit East Lansing from May 11-13.

Michigan State is one of many schools vying for Cole’s talents.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback is listed as a three-star transfer, according to 247Sports. He is the No. 54 cornerback in the portal and the No. 477 player.

Last season for the Spartans, Cole was a 2023 All-Mountain West honorable mention. He was named to the Pro Football Focus All-Mountain West team.

Cole recorded a career-best 10 pass breakups, along with a team-leading three interceptions. He tallied one sack, three tackles for a loss and 38 total tackles.

Cole earned a PFF grade of 86.2 last season as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks.

Before San Jose State, Cole spent a season at Cal Poly. There, Cole had twenty tackles in the eleven games in which he saw action. He led Cal Poly with four interceptions.

Cole was a two-star recruit out of McClymonds High School in Oakland, California. He was the No. 438 player in the state, according to 247Sports.

According to 247Sports, Cole has offers from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), South Florida and Jacksonville State. He is visiting Texas and plans to visit Auburn.

According to 247Sports, “Cole was ‘arguably the best player available’ in the transfer portal and was nearing the end of the spring transfer portal period.”

Michigan State recently received a commitment from Arizona State cornerback Ed Woods.

A commitment from Cole would add some much-needed depth and talent to Michigan State’s cornerback room.

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