Lewerke thrilled by MSU-ASU series

Michigan State quarterback commit and Phoenix native excited to be playing close to home in 2018 after the Spartans announced a home-and-home series with Arizona State on Tuesday.

When Brian Lewerke committed to Michigan State, he knew he would be playing a lot of games far away from his home in Phoenix.

He never expected he would wind up seeing a game with nearby Arizona State on the schedule in Tempe, Ariz. – just 30 minutes away from his house.

"I didn't think that ASU and Michigan State would ever play at all except for in the Rose Bowl," Lewerke said. "They have only played twice from what I've seen.

"I wasn't expecting this at all."

Michigan State and Arizona State announced a home-and-home series Tuesday, which will take place in Tempe in 2018 and East Lansing in 2019. So the Phoenix Pinnacle quarterback and Michigan State commit will get a chance to play close to home in his fourth season in East Lansing.

"My first thought was it will be pretty cool that my friends that are in Arizona and my family that are here in Arizona will be able to see me play that game," he said. "That will definitely be fun to come back here and maybe have it even being in my last season at Michigan State."

Portions of Lewerke's family already plan on making trips to see him play at Michigan State his father, David Lewerke, said. For the Arizona-based members, however, the opportunity to see a game close to home is welcomed.

"I have a lot of family in the Midwest – in Minnesota and in Iowa – so they will all be going to some games in East Lansing," David Lewerke said, "but for my family out here in Arizona, it's perfect."

It also means Lewerke probably will be scrambling to get his hands on extra tickets when 2018 rolls around – tickets at a stadium he could have wound up calling home as his recruitment came down to Michigan State and Arizona State.

"It's kind of funny it happened to turn out like that where the two options that were my top two schools will be playing and that I'll be playing against Arizona State now that I'm at Michigan State," he said.

David Lewerke said that fact is what makes the matchup so special, as well as the fact his running back from Pinnacle, Josh Hoekstra, will be a walk on at ASU.

"We've been in that stadium many, many times and sat with Coach (Todd) Graham at length," he said. "We sat through how that stadium is going to be renovated and most of those conversations were tailored toward ‘Brian, you can be the hometown hero.'"

Instead, Lewerke now will have a homecoming in 2018 – even as Michigan State is cementing itself as a second home for the Lewerkes.

"East Lansing has quickly been becoming a home for us," David Lewerke said. "I think it's going to feel pretty sweet on both sides.

"He might be the guy there in East Lansing at that time when he comes down here. It will be pretty exciting."

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