On Sunday, Michigan State officials made the announcement that their top target for the quarterback spot in the 2015 class had committed to the Spartans on Saturday.
Brian Lewerke, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound pocket passer from Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Ariz., made his announcement official over the weekend and declared his intent to sign, along with relishing in some unbridled enthusiasm that he held for Michigan State.
"I called Coach (Mark) Dantonio first, and told him I'd like to commit,'' Lewerke said. "Then I called Coach (Dave) Warner and Coach (Brad) Salem.''
Lewerke also had offers from Florida, Louisville, Duke, UCLA and Oregon State, among others, as well. But the talented QB said his first choice was always MSU.
"They were really nice, and while all coaching staffs are nice to you, it felt genuine,'' said Lewerke. "I think I'm smart with the football, I don't make too many bad decisions and I read the defenses well. I don't have flat-out speed, but I can get the job done. I can move in the pocket pretty well.''
Lewerke's numbers back up his claims, as he was 167-of-316 passing for 2,780 yards and 33 touchdowns with nine interceptions last season. He was rated the No. 9 pocket passer in the ESPN 300 (255 overall player) and the No. 11 Pro-Style passer by Rivals.com.
It was the warm welcome and the friendly coaching staff that really drew Lewerke to the Spartans, according to the young player. His future teammates also showed him a great amount of courtesy, including having lunch with Connor Cook, current MSU quarterback and 2014 Rose Bowl MVP, when Lewerke had his unofficial visit back on April 4 to watch Michigan State's first spring scrimmage.
Brian Lewerke isn't the only Lewerke excited about the Spartans; his father, David, also talked to reporters about how he was thrilled with his son's experiences in East Lansing and the prospects the school held for his boy's potential.
"Coach Dantonio talked about chemistry, and you could really feel it, and we've been to quite a few schools,'' David Lewerke said. "Michigan was coming out on Wednesday, although I don't know if they'll be coming now.''
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