Michigan State has hardly hit out West in recruiting since Mark Dantonio arrived in East Lansing, but it found a major pull last weekend.
Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke committed to the Spartans last weekend and it showed a changing of the times in East Lansing.
To pull a player, let alone at the premier position, from across the country speaks to where Dantonio has elevated the Michigan State program in his tenure.
It speaks to a Rose Bowl title that gives players the expectation that Michigan State can compete at that level and duplicate the success it had in 2013.
Plus, the Rose Bowl gives a player from the Western portion of the country a goal to get back home to play closer to family.
Lewerke's commitment also shows how word of mouth has spread about MSU. Talking to his high school coach at Pinnacle, Dana Zupke, he spoke on how MSU has a reputation for being a high-character program. His quarterback coach, Dennis Gile, trained former Spartan quarterback Andrew Maxwell and came to East Lansing for his pro day and talked highly of the facilities.
It set the stage for his visit in early April, when Michigan State got the chance to show Lewerke and his family in person that the things they heard before the trip were reality.
Above all, the biggest impact of Lewerke's commitment is the Spartans netted a talented quarterback from a non-familiar recruiting ground that will provide inroads in the future – but right now, it is all about landing a player that has a lot of potential to be a starter in East Lansing.