They say there’s no place like home. Well, for Michigan State that saying rings true as head coach Mark Dantonio and the rest of the Spartan coaching staff have made it a priority to recruit the Great Lakes State.

Marcel Lewis

On Wednesday, the Spartans landed their sixth recruit for the class of 2019 as 3-star inside linebacker Marcel Lewis (Chippewa Valley, Mich.) announced his commitment to Michigan State via Twitter.

The 6-foot-1 and 205 pound prospect has been linked to the Spartans since his visit back in September for Michigan State’s victory over Western Michigan. Lewis returned to East Lansing on January 13 and left campus with an offer. The No. 25 ILB nationally was highly coveted throughout the Midwest with offers from Big Ten schools Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana; as well as Kentucky and Pittsburgh among several others.

In-state recruiting

With this latest commitment, the Spartans now have four of the top 18 in-state prospects according to 247 Sports composite rating, which would suggest that currently Michigan State has an edge in terms of reaching local recruits.

While it is still very early in the recruiting process and things could change in a hurry, the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh have been shutout when it comes to in-state recruiting battles. In fact, the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs (Belleville, Mich.) seems to be favoring the Spartans at the moment according to 247’s Crystal Ball. Meanwhile Michigan State has extended offers to other top in-state prospects Jaren Mangham (Cass Tech), Michael Fletcher (Carman-Ainsworth), Karsen Barnhart (Paw Paw), Adam Berghorst (Zeeland East) and Jalen Hunt (Belleville) over the last few weeks.

While this edge in local recruiting may not be as big of a deal nationally in most years, the class of 2019 is a special one for the state of Michigan with several high profile recruits including the uncommited Dobbs (Belleville), Wisconsin commit Logan Brown (Grand Rapids) and Michigan State commit Julian Barnett (Belleville) within the top 100 nationally.

Expect coach Dantonio and company to continue to push hard for those in-state recruits as the class of 2019 has the makings of a special one in East Lansing.

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Growing up I knew two things, I loved sports and I was a talented writer. With that in mind I set out to begin my career in sports journalism. As a lifelong fan of Spartan athletics, I decided to attend MSU and later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. My other sports passion is Detroit sports, specifically the Detroit Lions (still waiting to witness my first playoff win). Since graduating from MSU, I have had the opportunity to write for various publications including MLive and Detroit Sports Nation. I am now excited to join Armchair All Americans and help cover Michigan State recruiting. Besides sports, I enjoy playing video games and listening to all kinds of genres of rock music. I currently reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my wife Melissa.
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Content Creator at Armchair Michigan State The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Growing up I knew two things, I loved sports and I was a talented writer. With that in mind I set out to begin my career in sports journalism. As a lifelong fan of Spartan athletics, I decided to attend MSU and later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism. My other sports passion is Detroit sports, specifically the Detroit Lions (still waiting to witness my first playoff win). Since graduating from MSU, I have had the opportunity to write for various publications including MLive and Detroit Sports Nation. I am now excited to join Armchair All Americans and help cover Michigan State recruiting. Besides sports, I enjoy playing video games and listening to all kinds of genres of rock music. I currently reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my wife Melissa.

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