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.
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.
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.