Brian Lewerke spent some time this week recruiting Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber. (Brandon Huffman / Scout.com)
Michigan State was represented at Nike’s The Opening and Elite 11 by quarterback commit Brian Lewerke, who was chosen to the event in Beaverton, Oregon, after competing in a spring regional. Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman attended the event and had an opportunity to see the Phoenix native and future Spartan in action.
“He was solid all week,” Huffman said. “He really did well in the short and intermediate throws and was at his best during the Elite 11 portion of the week.”
One of the counselors at the Elite 11 was current Spartan Connor Cook. The two future teammates knew each other coming in, but had an extended opportunity to work with one another.
“It was great,” Lewerke said. “When I went up to MSU, we spent a lot of time together. He helped take me around campus. He helped me a lot (at Elite 11). He was in our individual group. We were going through stuff and he was giving me tips and helped me when I’d do bad. It was good to build a relationship with him too.”
Lewerke was honest and up-front when assessing his performance.
“I did really well (the first day) throwing,” he said. “(The second day) was not as good. I had a couple bad decisions during 7-on-7, but (the first day) I thought I did really well.”
Not only was this an opportunity to learn and improve, but Lewerke saw it as a platform for him to represent the state of Arizona, not normally known as a hot bed of quarterbacks or football talent. Once the skill players arrived on Tuesday, they became recruiting targets of the quarterbacks, and Lewerke knew who to go after.
“Mike Weber from Detroit is one of the guys I was talking with,” Lewerke said of the Cass Tech running back. “I just want to get my name out there and let guys see what I can show to them and hopefully get them to look at Michigan State more.”
Michigan State and Michigan are among the many major programs that have offered Weber.
Lewerke says he does not plan to enroll early, choosing to instead enjoy his final semester as a high school student next year. When he does arrive in East Lansing, he wants to help change the perception that the Spartans are all defense. However, the advantage of having that type of unit on his side is not lost on him.
“It is definitely great to have a good defense,” he said. “It helps the offense and team to have a great defense. The offense has definitely been building, though, and it’s great that Michigan State is becoming more balanced.”
Four-star receiver visiting
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers rising junior receiver Austin Mack will visit MSU on Saturday. Mack, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect, already holds offers from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and others. He does not have a Michigan State offer yet, but says he is hoping to receive one this weekend and that he would have high interest in the Spartans should one come through.
Scout 300 LB has MSU in top 10
Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin linebacker Anthony McKee announced a top 10 of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wisconsin. A 6-foot-2, 195-pound four-star, McKee cited facilities, coaching staff and fan base as reasons the Spartans made the cut. He played with Spartan signee Robert Bowers at Walnut Ridge before transferring to Marion-Franklin recently.
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.