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Jonathan Smith and the Spartans tender edge rusher Konstantin Paschos

Michigan State coach Jonathan Smith has left no stone unturned in an effort to improve the Spartans’ 2025 signee list. Coach Smith and his coaching staff have focused in recent weeks on rebuilding their roster for next season after losing nearly two dozen players to the transfer portal.

Smith and the Spartans successfully used the transfer portal to replenish the talent they lost to it. Michigan State would end up with one of the top transfer portal classes in the country in 2024. While the catch-up was done admirably, the foolish attempt to secure talent for the upcoming season has undoubtedly taken some of the focus away from future recruiting classes.

Smith continues to think outside the box. He and his coaching staff recently decided to offer a scholarship to edge rusher Konstantin Paschos. The talented rusher is from Wallingford, Connecticut, stands 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, and moved to Connecticut from Germany when he was younger.

Paschos announced the offer on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Spartans’ roster is relatively set for this season. However, they still have one of the worst 2025 recruiting classes in the Big Ten, if not the country. Similar to how they entered the transfer portal, Smith and his coaching staff hope to have a similar turnaround with the 2025 recruiting class.

Paschos is an intelligent player on the field and an intelligent student in the classroom. According to 247Sports, he has received more than 20 scholarship offers, including a few from Ivy League schools.

Like Smith and Michigan State, June was a busy month for Paschos. He received more than fifteen offers last week alone.

Paschos was excited about the offer from Smith and Michigan State.

“Michigan State’s offer means a lot to me,” Paschos said per Corey Robinson from 247Sport. “When I started playing football, my coach was a big Michigan State fan, and he kind of introduced me to it.”

As Michigan State continues Smith’s tenure in East Lansing, Coach Smith is betting on himself and his coaching staff to help develop talent at all levels once they sign with Michigan State. As Michigan State wraps up a busy month of June, Coach Smith and his coaching staff will likely have long, busy months ahead until the end of the season.

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