Michigan State recruiting: LB Marcel Lewis’ rising stock; Antwan Reed’s status

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Marcel Lewis on growing Michigan State interest

Marcel Lewis fit right in among the defensive players on the Detroit Free Press high school football Dream Team at the gala in their honor on Sunday. But in a way, he was the odd one out.

Lewis, a Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) junior linebacker, was the only underclassman selected for the compilation of the best defensive players in Michigan. He was one of only two on the whole team, along with Belleville (Mich.) tackle Devontae Dobbs, a 5-star junior in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Having dealt with injuries throughout the season, Lewis only played in four full games. He never expected this kind of recognition.

“When I found out, I got so excited just hearing my coach telling me,” the 6-foot-1, 210-pound standout told Land of 10. “It was a really good moment.”

Despite the setbacks, Lewis still amassed 88 tackles (11 for loss), 3 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and a recovery. He led Chippewa Valley to the regional finals before falling to 4-star Michigan State cornerback commit Kalon Gervin and Detroit Cass Tech.

Lewis holds offers from Iowa State, Central Michigan and Kent State. The Cyclones remain his lone Power 5 offer, one that he said was “amazing” to receive.

Michigan State might join in down the road. The Spartans have brought in Lewis for a handful of visits, most recently for their win over Western Michigan on Sept. 9. Michigan State and co-defensive coordinator Mike Tressel, who Lewis said texts regularly with his coach, have his attention.

“I just like their facilities and how the coaches are, the environment,” he said. “Everything is just nice. It’s really like home.”

Michigan State currently has two commitments in the 2019 class: quarterback Dwan Mathis and tackle Spencer Brown. Both hail from Michigan, both hold 4-star ratings and both rank among the top 10 in-state juniors. Lewis remains unrated and unranked, but his latest highlight film should turn some heads.

Though surrounded on Sunday by seniors just 10 days away from signing their letters of intent, Lewis still has a long way to go. His list of options will surely grow. Maybe an in-state battle between Michigan State and Michigan is brewing.

“I rooted for both, so I’m really not picky,” Lewis said. “But green and white all day.”

What’s the deal with Antwan Reed?

An opportunity fell right in Michigan State’s lap with Antwan “A.J.” Reed de-committing from Penn State. Still, it looks like the Spartans won’t be able to seize it.

Reed, a 4-star tackle, saw his Muskegon (Mich.) teammate La’Darius Jefferson commit to Michigan State on Saturday. He landed his own Spartans offer more than two years ago.

He’s the type of prospect for whom a program might make room, even if it doesn’t have a particular need for a tackle. But Jefferson said the Spartans, who have 20 commits in their 2018 class, won’t do so.

“My boy can’t even come due to the commitment thing and how we’ve got so many linemen,” Jefferson explained Sunday.

Michigan State has three offensive linemen committed to its 2018 class in 3-star recruits Dimitri Douglas, Jacob Isaia and James Ohonba. Defensive line commit Jacob Slade starred on offense in high school and has the potential to join them.

Right now, it appears the Spartans will continue searching for a wide receiver, a defensive lineman or potentially a linebacker to fill out the class. If it happens quickly, they may have their whole class signed during the early period, which goes from Dec. 20-22. But don’t count on it.

Michigan State basketball signee stat tracker

As the controversy over Michigan State men’s basketball signee Thomas Kithier’s ineligibility rages on, the other four future Spartans continue their senior campaigns. We will regularly update you on the goings-on of their seasons.

On Monday night, only one played. Four-star point guard Foster Loyer and Clarkston (Mich.), the school Kithier attends and had wished to play for, moved to 3-0 with a 69-34 thrashing of Lake Orion (Mich.) at home.

Loyer, a favorite to win Michigan’s Mr. Basketball honors, scored 20 points to lead the defending state champion Wolves. Wisconsin signee Taylor Currie added 11.

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