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Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Michigan State has been piling up the commitments over the last couple of weeks, and late on Wednesday night the Spartans landed their second four-star recruit of the day.

Traverse City West offensive lineman Thiyo Lukusa announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to Michigan State, just hours after Detroit Cass Tech safety Demetric Vance announced he would become a Spartan.

The commitments from Lukusa and Vance came a day after Columbus (Ohio) St. Francis De Sales cornerback Austin Andrews and Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban athlete Jonah Morris, both three stars, announced they would play next season at Michigan State.

Lukusa (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) posted a message Wednesday night on Twitter.

"I'd like to start this off by saying thank you to all the colleges that have spent time watching my film and flying to my school and just recruiting me in general it's been full of ups and downs but I was blessed to have the opportunity. I'm also blessed to say that, after talking with my mother and all my family who have supported me through the process, that I am verbally committed to Michigan State University. I'm officially part of the Spartan family and am a Spartan Dawg," the posting read.

Lukusa, who had offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Auburn, Georgia and others, is a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, which ranks him the No. 16 offensive tackle in the nation. 247sports.com and Rivals.com have Lukusa as a three-star with 247sports ranking him No. 35 in the nation while updating its team rankings with Michigan State at No. 9 in the country.

Lukusa's commitment brings Michigan State's total to 11 for the 2016 class and all but two have come since Huber Heights (Ohio) quarterback Messiah deWeaver committed on April 22.

Vance was the big announcement early in the day. At 6-2 and 195 pounds, Vance is the No. 17 safety in the 2016 recruiting class, says Scout.com. He had four interceptions and 61 tackles last season.

"It was pretty hard because there was a bunch of schools I was thinking about going to, but I just felt Michigan State was home," said Vance, who turned down offers from several top programs, including Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska and Tennessee. "(I like) everything, the environment, the coaches, just everything about Michigan State felt good to my heart so I was home."