With a productive junior season under his belt, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle quarterback Brian Lewerke is surveying his options. Lewerke holds nine offers to his name (including his home-state schools, Florida, Louisville, UCLA, MSU), and took a trip up to the State of Michigan to visit a school that has offered and another that he feels may be close.
Lewerke was in Ann Arbor on Saturday for Michigan's Spring Game, but first the 6-foot-3, 190 lb. signal caller took in Michigan State's campus. The Spartans had extended an offer to Lewerke last month.
"I got in not until really late," said Lewerke. "I was able to go around there in the morning, and they showed me the facilities and they showed me the stadium a little bit. I watched their spring scrimmage thing. It wasn't the same as Michigan today, but I thought it was pretty good. I liked the visit.
"They drove me around campus and I was able to see their academic center and where the dorms were. I saw where some other baseball stadiums are. I didn't get to go inside it, but I was on the outside. I saw what it would be like if I were there."
In 2013, Lewerke posted 2,780 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions at the helm of Pinnacle's offense. At this point Lewerke feels comfortable with Michigan State's offense based on their desired benchmarks going forward.
"I was able to see that they like to throw downfield," said Lewerke. "Coach told me they want a 1,500 yard rusher and a 1,000 yard receiver. They aren't afraid to run the ball, but they also want to pass it too."
With his visit to the Spartans' campus fresh in his memory, Brian quickly shifted his focus to Michigan's Spring Game.
"When I got here we just went to the [Champions] Center," said Lewerke. "I was able to talk with coach Hoke a little bit before he had to talk to the entire team for a meeting. They showed us around the education center a little bit, and then we went to the Spring Game."
After that, Lewerke headed to his seat near the 50 yard line with a collection of other recruits who had made the trip to take in the Wolverines' outing.
"I liked it," said Lewerke. "I liked the stuff on offense that [Michigan] ran. It's different than my offense at my high school, but if I were to go to school here I think I'd get used to it. I know coach Nuss and how he teaches. I went to camp at Alabama while he was there, so I kind of know how he coaches."
Brian, who has a meeting scheduled with the Michigan staff tomorrow, states that he is unsure of whether an offer is coming from the Wolverines. If Michigan is to land Lewerke as their QB in 2015, the Wolverines must act quick as a commitment is on the horizon.
"Definitely within the next month or so," said Lewerke. "That's probably my timeline. I will probably have committed to a school before [Michigan's] camp, so I probably won't be going to any school camps. I might go to some recruiting camps like some Elite 11 things."
With his college decision coming in quick fashion, Lewerke will convene with his parents over the next few weeks as his recruitment comes to a conclusion.
"Obviously it would kind of be nice to stay home and see my parents, but I think I could sacrifice that and go somewhere far away. I think what kind of feels right in your heart. I think when you go a place sometimes you will feel like that's the right place, and that kind of factors into it. Also my parents' opinion plays a pretty big role in it. Also where I will be able to play and not somewhere I will be on the sideline for four years. Obviously you will have to compete for the starting job, but I think someplace like that will be big."
QB Lewerke visits U-M, MSU; Decision Nears
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