Spartans cement their status with Lewerke

Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle quarterback visits East Lansing and sees why he would be a good fit -- and vice versa. He talks about the highlights of his trip to Michigan State on Friday.

Brian Lewerke made the long trip from Phoenix, Ariz., to East Lansing, Mich., and his first impression was a good one.

After arriving at 1 a.m., he got to Michigan State's campus around 10 a.m. and was impressed before he and his parents even got out of the car.

"One thing I definitely liked about them was the stadium," he said. "I thought that was pretty impressive. We parked in a parking lot that was across from the stadium and that was one of the first things I saw and it popped out to me."

The Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback received a Michigan State offer about a month ago, but meeting the coaches and seeing how they operate was another highlight for the 6-foot-3 Lewerke.

"I really like their coaching staff," he said. "They seemed welcoming and laidback, but they could get intense during practices. They also get intense and teach you hard when you're playing football."

He already had heard from his quarterbacks coach Dennis Gile about Michigan State's facilities and the offense in East Lansing, so seeing it first hand was important – and he found it to be true.

"He told me that they had some pretty nice facilities and the offense worked well with my abilities so it was good to be able to come, see it for myself and be able to experience it," he said.

Seeing how he would fit in the Spartans' scheme was made easier as he watched Friday's spring scrimmage.

"I like how they're not afraid to throw the ball downfield," he said. "They like to run wheel routes, digs and comebacks and things of that nature. Not too much bubble and screen stuff.

"I really like that about them. I think I could fit into their offense pretty well."

All in all, the trip just affirmed the Spartans' place as one of the schools Lewerke holds the most interest in at this point.

"I kind of liked them before and the visit definitely cemented them (in my top group)," he said.

Lewerke also has Florida and Arizona State among his top schools. He visited Michigan on Saturday as part of his trip to the state of Michigan.

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