June 19, 2009

Spartans make Lewis a top priority

Head Coach Mark Dantonio has a special place in his heart for defensive back recruits. It was that position he excelled at as a player in college and as a coach early on in his career. For the class of 2010, he hopes to add a hard hitting safety to the class and 5-foot-11, 190-pound Isaiah Lewis of Indianapolis Ben Davis High School in Indiana is a player he believes fits the mold. SpartanMag.com spoke with Lewis last night and got the latest information on his recruitment.

Lewis, who is rated a 3-star recruit and the #25 safety in the nation by Rivals.com, was in East Lansing yesterday on an unofficial visit. He has an impressive list of scholarship offers that includes, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota and Cincinnati, to name a few. SpartanMag.com asked Lewis about his visit to Michigan State.

"It was a very good experience and I loved the campus atmosphere," Lewis said. "I realized how much of a priority I am to the Michigan State Coaching staff and how bad they want me to come play for them."

Safety is a big position of need for Michigan State this year. The Spartans will graduate both starters after the 2009 season, Kendell Davis Clark and Dan Fortener. In addition, back-up safety Ashton Henderson is also a senior. The right prospect will have a chance to come in and make an early impact in the Spartan secondary once they learn the defensive scheme.

The visit to Michigan State Unioversity solidified the Spartans as one of Lewis' top choices, but he still has some traveling to do. Earlier this week he attended Ohio State's Camp and plans to make it back down to an SEC school in the near future as well. The Buckeyes have yet to offer, but could pull the trigger soon.

"I should be going back down to Kentucky sometime soon," he said. "I have not heard anything back from Ohio State yet, but I am not really worried about it. I think I am going to decide sometime before my season when I feel ready."

One of the reasons Lewis would like to have his choice made prior to his senior season is because he wants to be able to give 100% attention to his senior year and his ultimate goal.

"Winning the state championship is something we came a game short of achieving last year," Lewis said. "We have been working hard to reach our destination; I think we are going to have a great team this year."

Under teh direction of Coach Dantonio the Spartans have been much more active recruiting the state of Indiana than they were under Coach John L. Smith. Last year the Spartans were able to sign standout linebacker TyQuan Hammock from there. 2010 is considered a good year for talent in the Hoosier State and the Spartans hope Lewis decides to wear the Green and White in college.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Lewis in teh coming weeks and keep Michigan State fans informed about his recruitment.

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