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Michigan State add 4-star QB deWeaver to 2016 class

Michigan vs. Michigan State has become the “it” rivalry in the Big Ten East, and a lot of it steams from the two teams battling it out hard on the recruiting trail in recent years. You can now add some animosity with the verbal commitment made by 4-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver on Wednesday night.

The Huber Heights, Ohio native was once a verbal pledge to the Michigan Wolverines, but he decommitted after the coaching change and a visit to East Lansing back in December.

Since then, the 4-star quarterback has been in love with the Spartans and finally pulled the trigger on a verbal pledge to them in a ceremony at his high school on Wednesday night.

He becomes the third commitment for the Spartans, who have the No. 46-ranked class in the country according to 247Sports and No. 7-ranked in the Big Ten with just three commitments in the fold.

deWeaver also happens to be a player heavily involved with a number of other high 4-star and big 3-star talents. He told Spartan Tailgate, Michigan State’s 247Sports site, that he’s been heavily involved in trying to convince others to become Spartans.

“I’m recruiting Justin Layne, Abdul Adams, Donnie Corley, Thiyo Lukusa, Michael Jordan, Chris Evans, Austin Mack and Austin Andrews,” deWeaver said to Spartan Tailgate. “It’s time to recruit one of the best classes in the country.”

Thiyo Lukusa, Austin Mack and Austin Andrews are also high-valued and highly sought after targets in Big Ten circles. Michigan State may have just got the upper hand with deWeaver’s commitment to the Spartans, and with a spring game coming up this weekend it could be an interesting weekend on the recruiting trail for Mark Dantonio and Co.

As for deWeaver as a quarterback, we’ll let the film speak for itself.

Clearly there is some big-time talent to be developed, and with quarterback taking a bit of a hit in the 2015 class look for deWeaver’s commitment to really shore up the future of the position for the Spartans.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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