Michigan State’s 2013 season that ended with a Rose Bowl victory and has continued to pay dividends on the national recruiting trail, as the Spartans landed 2015 quarterback Brian Lewerke from Phoenix, Ariz.
The 6-foot-3, 195 pound pro-style quarterback from Pinnacle High School threw for 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns his junior season. He also had over 500 rushing yards and nine interceptions.
Lewerke verbally chose the Spartans on Saturday over a group of offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Louisville, Florida, Duke, West Virginia and UCLA.
When asked what made the Spartans stand out in a list of major offers, Lewerke cited comfort with coaches and past quarterback development as the deciding factors into his decision.
“Coach Dantonio seems like a real genuine man that would help me through the next four years of my life,” Lewerke said to Spartanmag.com.
Lewerke is ranked the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com.
While a commitment is always good news, it also brings up some questions regarding whether or not Michigan State will pull Campbell’s scholarship offer.
Campbell got into some legal trouble this past January for body slamming a security guard at his high school, Detroit Cass Tech. He entered a not-guilty plea to multiple counts of assault in early March.
Although Michigan State has not come to an official decision regarding Campbell’s scholarship offer, the fact that the Spartans picked up a quarterback from the same recruiting class shows they may be leaning towards releasing the offer.
Mark Dantonio and his coaching staff have been mum on their action regarding Campbell, so only time will tell what exactly this means for his future. For now, Spartan fans can celebrate another big recruiting victory.
Dan Tyler is the host of Spartan Red Zone for Impact Sports.
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