Film Study: Brian Lewerke

Breaking down the Michigan State quarterback commit for the class of 2015 and what he brings to the table. Spartan Digest sees Lewerke continuing the recent recruiting trend for Michigan State in taking quarterbacks that can move outside the pocket.

Michigan State landed its quarterback for the class of 2015 in Brian Lewerke over the weekend.

The 6-foot-3 quarterback from Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle picked Michigan State over offers from both in-state schools, Arizona and Arizona State, as well as Florida and UCLA. More schools, such as Michigan, were scheduled to come in and see him throw in the spring.

Spartan Digest takes a look at the newest member of the Michigan State class:

The good: Lewerke is widely thought of as a pocker passer first, but his mobility is a strength he brings. He is used on rollouts constantly and those plays might be his biggest strength.

He does a great job squaring his shoulders on the run, throwing accurately downfield with good touch and the right velocity.

As the Spartans place more and more of an emphasis on quarterbacks extending plays with their feet, Lewerke continues that trend in recruiting.

In the pocket, Lewerke keeps the ball high consistently and keeps his feet moving. His release is quick and the ball comes out with good velocity, particularly on intermediate throws.

The bad: The question with Lewerke is what kind of arm strength does he have on deep throws down the field. Highlights don't showcase that ability, so it is a question as to what he throws like on long throws. Fortunately, even if that is a question, that arm strength is the kind of thing that can continue to develop at the college level.

In the one screen pass shown on his highlights, Lewerke does not wait long enough to give the play a chance to develop. The offense at Pinnacle doesn't appear to be predicated on screens, so this is something he might not have extensive appearance with and also will develop with time. There really aren't a lot of things not to like about Lewerke as a prospect.

See what Lewerke's coach had to say about his game and the off-the-field things he brings: Spartans get a "special" player in Lewerke ($)

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