The Spartans are hoping that junior linebacker Asmar Bilal could be a similar success, so they extended him a scholarship offer Wednesday.
"I was called down to my coaches' office and he called Coach (Mark) Dantonio and he told me they were offering me a scholarship," Bilal said.
"I was just excited that a school such as Michigan State was able to offer me because they have a BD alumni (Lewis) there," he said. "It was just special and it's a great opportunity."
He said he hasn't met Lewis before, but has seen him around Ben Davis. He also said he knows Michigan State had a good season last year.
"I don't really know much about their academics, but I know they have a great football team and they won the Rose Bowl," he said. "They have a very dynamic defense, but that's it."
The academics are something he said matters a lot to him in his recruitment.
"It's academics in general," he said. "I haven't really decided upon a major yet, but it's just something that I really look at as well."
Bilal said he will try to make a visit to East Lansing in the spring.