Trieu: Spartan recruits awed by conclusion of UM game

Allen Trieu
Special to The Detroit News
Michigan State's Brandon Sowards begins the celebration as  teammates pile on Jalen Watts-Jackson after the winning score Saturday.

Michigan State's improbable last-second win over Michigan will go down as one of the most memorable final plays in college football history.

Since the game was played in Ann Arbor, members of the Spartans' 2016 recruiting class had to watch on television, and it will not be a moment they will soon forget.

"I was with my whole family and family that came in town for my game at my house," said quarterback commit Messiah DeWeaver of Wayne High in Huber Heights, Ohio. "On the final play, my whole family screamed and ran around the house including me. We were excited."

Wide receiver commit Trishton Jackson of West Bloomfield High called it "the best game I ever watched," and added that he had a chance to share that moment with Wolverine fans close to him.

"I was watching the game with my family. Some of them were Michigan fans," Jackson said. "I was so in shock, not saying anything (when the final play happened). But when they played the replay, all I remember was me yelling to the top of my lungs, screaming, 'Go Green!' And my family and friends were saying, 'Go White!'"

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Evanston (Ill.) defensive tackle Naquan Jones was receiving quite a bit of hazing from Michigan fans when it seemed as though the Wolverines might take back the Paul Bunyan Trophy, but it was Jones who had the last laugh.

"I was at my friend's house and we were watching the game," Jones said. "I was getting so many texts because all my friends are Michigan fans, so on that last play, I literally did a victory lap around his house. It was awesome. I yelled and just ran. I actually couldn't believe it."

Offensive tackle commit A.J. Arcuri of Olentangy, Ohio, had not given up on his future team, but was still pleasantly surprised at the ending.

"I was watching the game at a good friend's house with some guys," Arcuri said. "That last play, I knew there was still a chance, but had no idea it would all play out that perfect. It was so perfect that all I could do was laugh in excitement. It's a great example of fighting until the end."

Next fall, the scene shifts back to East Lansing when the Wolverines will be looking for revenge and all four of these young men, along with the rest of their 2016 classmates, will be waiting.

Visitors for Indiana game

The Spartans return home to face the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday and they will host several notable recruits for the contest. The biggest will be Hubbard (Ohio) High running back George Hill, a four-star senior who recently decommitted from Ohio State and had been to East Lansing even before that declaration. He is a friend and former teammate of Spartan freshman LJ Scott.

From in-state, Zeeland East junior defensive lineman Jonathan Berghorst, Muskegon sophomore offensive tackle Antwan Reed, a 6-foot-7, 275-pound youngster who already has a Tennessee offer, and Rockford sophomore quarterback Jason Whittaker, are among the other visitors.

Lukusa signs mid-year agreement

Wayne (N.J.) DePaul offensive tackle Thiyo Lukusa, who transferred there from Traverse City West for this season, has signed his financial aid agreement and will enroll early at Michigan State. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Lukusa, a four-star prospect on Scout, has been described as "tough" by his new coaches at DePaul. He was offered by the Spartans as a sophomore and committed last summer.

More information

Messiah DeWeaver profile

Trishton Jackson profile

Thiyo Lukusa profile

Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for 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