Clinton Township (MI) Chippewa Valley 2019 3-star linebacker took an unofficial visit to #15 Michigan State over the weekend and left with an offer from the Spartans and recapped his visit with Spartan Nation.
“I’m just overwhelmed right now,” Lewis said on Sunday. “Just to hear from Coach D – it’s just amazing right now.”
Lewis, who grew up as a fan of both Michigan and Michigan State, was on campus for when Michigan State played host to Michigan for its annual rivalry game on the hardwood and said that he found out he had been offered a scholarship from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio after the game.
“I came on a visit for the (basketball) game,” he said. “So I met Coach D at the game and he told me he wanted to meet at his office, so we went to his office and that’s when he broke it down and told me ‘Marcel, we want to offer you a scholarship’.”
As far as the experience of being at the game, Lewis said that he came away impressed with the atmosphere in the Breslin Center after attending his first basketball game.
“It was crazy because that was my first basketball game,” he said. “It was just so fun to see fans going crazy, to see the Izzone going crazy. It was fun.”
— MARCEL LEWIS™ (@marcel1lewis) January 13, 2018
So far in the recruiting process, Lewis has fielded offers from Iowa State, Kent State, Central Michigan and Michigan State and has drawn interest from several other Division 1 schools.
Lewis, whose main recruiter from Michigan State has been quarterbacks coach Brad Salem, has heard that the coaching staff likes him playing at the ‘star-backer’ position, which is a position that Lewis believes would allow him to do what he does best.
“Right now, they see me as the star-backer or the money-backer, but they’re looking at the star-backer right now,” he said.
“Yeah, you get to fly around the field and that’s what I do,” Lewis added. “That’s what I like to do, fly around and hit people.”
In his interactions with the Michigan State coaching staff, Lewis said that he feels that the Spartans particularly like his athleticism and versatility and feels he can play any of the three linebacker positions at the next level.
“They just like the way I can fly around, they like how I can move,” he said. “I can play all of the linebacker positions, inside linebacker, I can play outside and they can move me around anywhere, so I think that’s what they like about me.”
While Lewis does not have a timetable as to when he plans on making a decision, the 6-foot-1, 205 pound linebacker admitted that the Spartans are his top or one of his top schools at the moment and also wants to take a return visit to East Lansing so that his parents can join him and get a feel for the school and the campus.
But with more than a year left before National Signing Day for players in the 2019 class, Lewis said he’s continuing to improve his game and is focused on getting better in coverage before the start of his senior season at the high school level.
“I feel like I’ve got to get better in coverage,” he said. “Drop back when we go to cover two or something like that, just coverage right now.”
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