There was a place and time that Messiah deWeaver never thought about wearing the Green and White of the Michigan State Spartans. It’s no secret that the Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback was once a pledge to that other school in the state and because of that deWeaver never thought much about attending a game in East Lansing.
However, in late January, deWeaver and that other team parted ways and in April the 6-foot-4 signal caller ended his recruitment with a pledge to Michigan State.
Saturday, deWeaver finally made his way to campus for his first game in Spartan Stadium and he left knowing he made a great decision to become a Spartan.
“It was an electric environment and fun to see everybody out there and see all of the new faces along with the crowd,” said deWeaver. “Of course it was also great with the team getting the win and my first Michigan State game was a memorable one.”
While deWeaver had visited for the Spartans spring game, Saturday gave the future Spartan a real chance to picture himself on the field.
“It was exciting and you always look at the players and picture yourself in uniform out on the field playing,” he said. “You start thinking about what it would be like playing in front of that type of crowd and in that type of environment. So as I said, it was exciting and I had a great time.”
While taking in all the sights and sounds of the day when the game got underway, deWeaver was focused on what Spartans quarterback Connor Cook was doing on the field and in the huddle.
“Connor is a leader and he kept the offense calm as I didn’t see anybody nervous,” he continued. “So he did a good job of keeping everybody calm in such a big game. The quarterback sets the tone for the offense and he’s always calm, cool and collective. The offense moved the ball and made plays and came away with the win.”
deWeaver didn’t expect any surprises during his game day visit but so learned what may be one of the better secrets recruits must experience for themselves.
“Something that surprised me was the fans were super, super loud,” he stressed. “I didn’t know it got that loud there. So it was crazy loud in there and a big advantage when you play other teams.”
The game and win also has deWeaver feeling future recruiting efforts will be helped with how people look at Mark Dantonio’s program.
“I think this was big for the program as they won on a national stage,” he said. “They’ve done it before with big bowl wins, but early in the season Michigan State had a chance to go out there in primetime and win against a team that just played for the national championship. I feel it was big for recruiting and not just for the recruits at the game, but those at home watching that will become future recruits as they start looking at Michigan State as one of the top programs in the country.”
The game also allowed deWeaver a chance to catch up with two future teammates he’s built a strong bond with.
“Cameron (Chambers) and Abdul (Adams) were on their official visits but I was with them during the game,” he said. “It was just fun to see everybody as we don’t get to see each other as much with our seasons started.”
Spartan fans continue to watch the recruitment of wide receiver Donnie Corley, a player deWeaver has built a solid relationship with over the past several months. Is there anything Spartan fans should know about the work being done to get the talented Corley in the class?
“We just had some regular talk and to be honest, I’m just letting him go through the process and choose what he wants to do,” explained deWeaver. “I will say I feel Michigan State is in a good position. But Donnie’s got to do what is best for him and his family and he knows that I’m always here for him anytime he needs me. But right now I’m just letting him do what he’s got to do to bring out the best plan for him.”
When should Spartan fans expect their future quarterback to make a return visit for his second game?
“I’m looking to come back in a couple of weeks,” he said. “It’s not too far from home and I’m looking to come up as much as I can. My official visit won’t happen until later, but I want to get back up for a home game in a couple of weeks.”
After three weeks of his high school season, deWeaver and the Wayne Warriors are 3-0 with the future Spartan having completed 35 of 61 passes for 570 yards and 3 touchdowns.