April 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

Allen Trieu

Michigan State's 2015 quarterback derby heats up

Brian Lewerke paid his own way for an unofficial visit to MSU all the way from Phoenix. (Photo by Greg Biggins / Scout.com)

In the last two weeks, Michigan State hosted two of the quarterbacks at the top of their recruiting board when Phoenix Pinnacle’s Brian Lewerke and Decatur Central (Ind.) product Tommy Stevens both came to town.

Lewerke made his interest in the Spartans known by coming for an unofficial visit, which requires the student-athlete to pay entirely for the trip. He told Spartan Digest’s Mike Wilson that it was well worth his efforts to get to East Lansing.

“I really like their coaching staff,” he said. “They seemed welcoming and laid back, but they could get intense during practices. They also get intense and teach you hard when you’re playing football.”

He also told Wilson that the visit solidified the Spartans as a contender on his list. He also told Scout.com’s Eric Rutter that he hopes to make a decision “within the next month or so.”

Stevens, a mobile 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect, had never been to East Lansing prior to this recent trip, but like Lewerke, gave positive marks following his time there.

"It's an awesome place," he said. "I really loved it and it will be a place I look forward to visiting again in the future."

With one MSU offeree at quarterback, Drew Lock, committing to Missouri on Wednesday and another, Dwayne Lawhorn, recently naming a top four that did not include the Spartans, it appears the spot in the class may come down to Stevens and Lewerke.

It is still possible Michigan State would take two quarterbacks in the 2015 class. But with tighter scholarship numbers and the recent addition of class of 2014 walk-on Colar Kuhns, that possibility appears to be getting less and less likely.

Stevens does not currently have a timetable for his decision. He recently added an offer from Nebraska to an existing list of Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, North Carolina State, Purdue and others.

Wilson said he believes Lewerke’s decision will come down to the Spartans and Arizona State. The Sun Devils may have the distance advantage, but he reiterated that the his decision will come down to much more than that.

“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,” he said. “I think what kind of feels right in your heart. When you go a place sometimes you feel that’s the right place, and that factors into it.”

Spartans host offered cornerback

John Reid, a four-star cornerback from Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep, took a Midwest trip that included stops at Notre Dame and Michigan State. Reid (5-11, 180) already has a Spartan offer, but this was his first time on campus.

“It was nice going up there,” he said. “Once again, meeting the coaches (was great), and seeing the campus. … I wasn’t expecting it to be like that,” he told Scout’s Brian Dohn. “I really thought it was a home-type feel.”

Reid’s offer list includes Alabama, Penn State, Rutgers, Miami (Fla.), West Virginia and many others, in addition to Notre Dame and Michigan State.

Walk-on QB comes aboard

Quarterback Colar Kuhns has accepted a preferred walk-on spot in Michigan State’s 2014 class. Kuhns (6-2, 200) held a scholarship offer from Toledo. He was one of the 10 Golden Gun Accuracy Award winners at last year’s Elite 11 Regional in Columbus.

Kuhns played for Calvert Hall in Baltimore before transferring to Damascus (Md.) High, citing distance as the reason for the move. He passed for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior, then posted 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

More information

Brian Lewerke profile

Tommy Stevens profile

John Reid profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears weekly at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.

Brian Lewerke paid his own way for an unofficial visit to MSU all the way from Phoenix. (Photo by Greg Biggins / Scout.com)