Smith also introduced a new nickname for prized recruit Ervin Baldwin, a 6-foot-2, 252-pound five star defensive end from Reedley College in California. Baldwin had been previously known by the monicker "G-ball", but Smith introduced him as the first of his class as Ervin "Magic" Baldwin, with tongue firmly stuck in cheek.
Smith said he expected the standout defensive lineman to help immediately and it appears he will even get a chance to start this fall in the MSU lineup. Of the other players who might have a chance to play immediately, Smith pointed to the smallest player he recruited, little 5-foot-8, 150 pound kicker Brett Swenson from Ft. Lauderdale's St. Thomas Aquinas.
Despite his small stature, Swenson has a big leg. In describing Swenson's kickoff's Smith said "all you get is the same thing on this guy. When he kicks off, he kicks it out of the endzone unless they make him 'squibb' it. He's got some speed on that 'clubhead', because he's a midget," Smith joked.
But then when asked about Swenson's chance to beat out the four kickers already in East Lansing, Smith turned serious. "(Kyle) Mayer,(Matt) Haughey, all those guys that were here will be back. (John) Goss, we don't know. But he will be given, every opportunity to be our kicker. And our kickers that are here now, know that."
Going from the small to the large, maybe extra large, even Smith seemed to be taken aback by the size of Canadian freshman J'Michael Deane. "He's a big, big man, but for a big guy, he moves awfully good."
The coach also mentioned that one player who was expected to come to Michigan State and enroll this spring did not. When asked what happened to expected Florida State transfer Jesse Cole, Smith said "He fell off the earth." Asked why, Smith joked "I guess he didn't have good balance." He then confirmed that Cole was not in school and appears to no longer be in MSU's plans.
Smith also offered that of the five JC transfers, only Ogedmi Nwagbuo is a two-for-two transfer; that is two years to complete his two years of eligibility. All the others, including Baldwin have a redshirt year available to them in case of injury or lack of progress.