Trieu: Picking MSU a 'no-brainer' for Messiah deWeaver
After three seasons at Trotwood-Madison, Messiah deWeaver is now at Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne, and it was there on Wednesday night that he announced where his next school would be, as the highly regarded quarterback recruit committed to Michigan State.
"I found the right school for me," he said. "Right around December, I went to go take a visit and fell in love with everything they were doing, the coaching staff, the facilities, the fan base, I fell in love with everything, so it was hard not to pick Michigan State."
Michigan State has been no stranger to recruiting southwest Ohio, and they certainly have been no stranger to landing quarterbacks out of the state. Past Spartans like Brian Hoyer, and current signal callers Connor Cook and Tyler O'Connor are proof of that.
In deWeaver, the Spartans are getting a player with many of the same qualities that led them to recruit those past signees.
"He's a pro-style quarterback," said Scout's Dave Berk, who covered deWeaver's announcement. "He has the physical size you look for in that type of quarterback, and his arm strength continues to grow. He's a very smart, intelligent kid, a 4.0 student, and that's always been important in Michigan State's offense since Mark Dantonio's arrival."
Understanding what the Spartans have done, taking lightly-recruited players like Cook and Kirk Cousins before him and molding them into NFL prospects, was another part in deWeaver's decision to pick them over offers from schools like Kentucky, Arkansas and Michigan, where he was once committed.
"They've had a lot of NFL talent," deWeaver said. "They know what they're doing with the quarterback position and sending guys to the NFL, but they're also academically sound and a top-five football program in the country. It was a no-brainer."
Development off the field was especially important for deWeaver's parents, and after experiencing Mark Dantonio's program first-hand several times, they were certain their son would be getting that in East Lansing.
"Coach Dantonio is a great family guy, a family guy first, he cares about his players, and that was the biggest thing my mom took away from everything," he said. "How he runs program as a father figure made my dad feel comfortable with me going up there and living for four years."
deWeaver is the third verbal commitment in the 2016 class for Michigan State, joining center Matt Allen and wide receiver Cameron Chambers.
More commitments at spring game?
Spartan Digest has reported that there will possibly be several commitments happening at Saturday's annual Green and White game. The Spartans will host a strong group with several key prospects at the top of their board scheduled to attend.
Key in-state recruits like Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem, Detroit King wide receiver Donnie Corley, Battle Creek Central linebacker Brandon Randle, Detroit Cass Tech safety Demetric Vance, and Detroit Renaissance offensive tackle Alaric Jackson are scheduled to attend.
Auston Robertson, a blue-chip defensive end from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne, will be back in East Lansing again after visiting last weekend. The Spartans are considered the favorite for him when he announces on June 7.
Washington (D.C.) Wilson's Abdul Adams and Indianapolis Ben Davis' Chris Evans are two running backs with Spartan offers who have them high on their respective lists. Both will be in attendance on Saturday. Two defensive backs high on the Spartan board, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd's Kenney Lyke, and Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis DeSales' Austin Andrews will also make their way back to campus.
A number of freshmen and sophomores, as well as juniors who are looking to earn offers, will also attend the game. The Green and White game kicks off at 2 p.m.
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 and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.