Lukusa finds out what Michigan State offers

Traverse City West sophomore offensive lineman spends the day in East Lansing last Friday and met someone who left a lasting impression on him when it comes to the Spartans.

Only a sophomore, Thiyo Lukusa already is one of the top prospects in the state of Michigan in his class.

The Traverse City West offensive lineman holds offers from both top in-state schools, Michigan and Michigan State, as well as Wisconsin and the entire MAC.

"It's been crazy," he said. "The hardest part about it is to stay humble."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Lukusa visited East Lansing on Friday for his first full visit – he camped last summer with the Spartans.

It came with much of the typical visit occurrences, but it also included some face time and additional contact with former Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

"The highlight was probably meeting Darqueze Dennard," Lukusa said. "That was probably my favorite part, to see how humble he was even after everything that has happened to him and everything that has come his way."

Lukusa said Dennard was accommodating and found out all the good things he had to say about his time at Michigan State.

"I wanted a picture with him, but my phone was dead," Lukusa said. "So we took a picture on his phone and then he sent it to me, so I had his number. He said now you've got my number and if you need anything or have questions about Michigan State, just text me and ask me.

"That is what we talked about. He just told me it's a great place and the staff took care of him all the time through the good and the bad."

Lukusa had good things to say about the visit, which spanned almost the entire day Friday as he took in the campus, facilities, academic meetings and practice.

"I had never been down there really and this time, I got to see everything and all that Michigan State has to offer and it was awesome," he said.

He does not have any visits in the near future, but said this summer will likely feature more trips.

"I would like to get to Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and hit up all of the Big Ten and maybe if I'm lucky, get down to a couple SEC schools," he said.

The Badgers rank as one visit he definitely hopes to take and he has noticed the strong tradition of offensive line play in Madison.

"That's what I've noticed and Coach (Jeff) Genyk is awesome," he said. "He is a cool guy and really down to earth. It is definitely one of the visits I want to take. The tradition really stood out to me, though, and that's really cool."

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