Two Pac-12 Team Race for Brian Lewerke

While the 2015 recruiting cycle is fairly young, the signal callers of this group know that their decisions will have to be rendered over the next few months. Therefore, players such as Phoenix Pinnacle's quarterback, Brian Lewerke, are starting to form a short list of favorites. Where does ASU stand among his list of suitors? Devils Digest caught up with Lewerke to discuss his recruitment.

As one of the most talented in-state prospects in the 2015 class, Brian Lewerke was already offered by Arizona State during the team's Maroon and Gold camp last summer. The quarterback validated the Sun Devils' interest in him by leading the Pioneers to a 9-3 record and the state's quarterfinals, while throwing for 2,567 yards, 31 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 422 yards and three scores.

Lewerke unofficially visited Tempe a couple of weekends ago and said that having an extended period of time to visit with the Arizona State coaches is the one aspect that made this recent visit his best one thus far with the Sun Devils.

"Everytime I was there it was hard to really sit down and talk (at length) with the coaches," Lewerke explained. "At camp they had a lot of other recruits to talk to and when I went there during games they were obviously very busy preparing for the game and all that stuff. So this time it was good talking to Coach Graham and Coach Norvell for a long period of time about my future here and what it would be like if I played there. It was more personalized.

"I really like all the facilities there and their plans for the new stadium are pretty cool."

As he sat down and broke down film with ASU's Offensive Coordinator Mike Norvell, Lewerke was pleased to see the strong similarity between the scheme that both the Sun Devils and the Pioneers run.

"We talked about the read option and how many different things you can run from it," Lewerke described. "Because I run the same stuff in high school we talked about how I would fit here with that. It was just talking a lot of football and how you can beat a defense in so many different ways."

Not only locally, but also regionally, the Pioneers' standout is making his mark. According to Scout.com's National Recruiting analyst, Greg Biggins, The 6-2 187-pound Lewerke was one of the top quarterbacks in attendance at an Elite 11 Regional Camp last month in Los Angeles. Biggins added that the signal caller got stronger from last year and looked more comfortable as the camp went on as his release looked tighter and he was able to spin the ball better as well.

"Coach Norvell said that my arm strength was superb," Lewerke commented, "and that I have the legs to get job done on the ground. I'm not a huge burner there but I can get the first down if I need it.

"I know that I'm not just a pocket passer and I do consider myself a dual threat quarterback. I want to do a better job reading defenses before I make the play so I can make adjustments at the line. I'm still learning how to do that and that is probably the biggest improvement I want to make. I'd also like to add some weight so I can get to 200 lbs."

When talking to the Sun Devils' Head Coach Todd Graham, Lewerke said that due to the similarities he sees between himself and current ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly, that Graham feels he could succeed if he did decide to commit here.

"He said that I could quickly learn the offense and do well," Lewerke said. "I talked To Coach Graham for about an hour and a half and that was great. He liked how I was a good person off the field and not one that would make dumb decisions. Also on the field he felt that I wouldn't make a decision that would throw the football team off balance."

Lewerke is looking forward to his senior year at Pinnacle and feels that his 2013 campaign is a good building block for the future.

"Personally I feel I had a good year and so did my team," Lewerke remarked. "I think we fell a little short in the playoffs because we didn't make it to the state championship. We have a lot of good talent coming back and we can have a better season this year." Lewerke admitted that he knows his recruiting process will have to be accelerated and that he won't have the luxury as other position players who can take a few official visits before making their decision.

"Now is definitely the time to start thinking about my decision," Lewerke noted. "Staying close to home would be nice because I will get to see my family, but I'm still open to other options."

Besides Arizona State, the quarterback visited UCLA, Washington and just yesterday (after our interview) he also visited Arizona. He added that Oregon and Ohio State are two schools he would like to have the opportunity to visit in the upcoming months, but to date there have been no discussions on this with both programs.

"I would say that Arizona State and UCLA are the two schools I like the most now," Lewerke said. "I'll probably make my decision by late July. I don't know if I will go to ASU's Junior Day because I was just there and I will go to UCLA's in March.

"Having my parents' opinion will be big in my decision. I want to go to a school where I could hopefully start my second year there. It's important to go to a school that really wants to have you there because then they can be more inclined to let you play."


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