Michigan State hosted a group of recruits last Saturday on campus as it kicked off bowl practices.
Among those visitors was Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) quarterback Messiah deWeaver and the junior received an offer from the Spartans before leaving campus that day.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I had a good time coming up and getting the offer and spending time with the coaches and seeing how they coach. I went to a practice, too, so seeing how they coach and how they interact with the players and how they are.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback, who committed to Michigan during the summer, said the visit came to be because of his interest in the program and his relationship with the coaches.
So on Saturday he got his second glimpse at the Michigan State program, but this time was more serious than the previous trip on which he came up with a different player MSU was recruiting.
He said the thing that stood out was the vibe around the program – one of winning.
”My first impression was the winning tradition at Michigan State,” he said. “They have been a Top 10 program for the past four or five years. You can feel that coming in there. You get that winning tradition feeling. They just come off like winners.”
The offer came later in the visit, as the Spartans presented deWeaver with the chance to become part of the streak of success.
”When I first got there, we were talking with one of my recruiting coaches and he brought me up to Coach (Mark) Dantonio and said he wanted to talk me,” deWeaver said. “We were talking for about 10-15 minutes and he said they really liked me and thought I could be a part of the program and run the offense and that I remind them of their starting quarterback now.
Then at lunch he came over to me and my mom and said I had a Michigan State offer. … It was exciting. I told him I appreciated it. Obviously they think a lot of me to offer me, so I had to show him my appreciation. It was a great day.”
He said he might take another visit back to Michigan State this spring, but also expects to see more of the coaches soon.
“Coach Dantonio told me he is going to come to the school and come with Coach (Brad) Salem,” he said. “They will come in the winter in January when it is an open period.”
Before that visit, he has another one potentially in mind for this winter as other schools continue to pursue him.
“The schools recruiting me the hardest would be Penn State, Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State,” he said. “I think I might visit Duke in the winter time and see Penn State, too. Those are the main schools recruiting me now.”