Four-star safety Isaiah Lewis committed to MSU on Thursday, a week after Michigan State was well represented in the latest Rivals.com position rankings with commitments among the best in the nation at several positions.
Lewis is one of the Rivals250 and is already the fourth four-star prospect to commit to MSU. He is rated the 25th best safety in the nation by Rivals.com.
Despite being a bit undersized (5'11" and 190-pounds), Lewis is said to be a great reactor. He's a tough and aggressive safety who has, "Linebacker toughness in a defensive backs frame that loves contact and really unloads on the ball carrier or receiver when given the opportunity," according to Scouts, Inc.
The Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis senior had 13 offers and was being recruited by a majority of the Big Ten schools along with Kentucky. He helps bolster an increasingly impressive 2010 incoming class for MSU—something that is becoming more and more of an expectation under current head coach Mark Dantonio.
MSU's recruitment of Lewis shows that Dantonio's staff is committed to improving a traditionally mediocre (at best) secondary—a Michigan State weakness for a long time.
Lewis chose MSU primarily over Iowa and Kentucky, despite having a high interest in entering the SEC. But several publications reported that he was also being targeted by Jim Tressel at Ohio State, especially after Lewis was a top performer last weekend at Ohio State's Senior Camp.
"I've been coaching 25 years and he is the most physical football player I've ever coached," Ben Davis head coach Mike Kirschner said. "I've never had a kid that hits like he hits. He's very athletic, he was timed at 4.4 flat in the 40 at Ohio State twice, but that's the x-factor. He's very, very physical."
Perhaps Lewis' commitment came in an opportune time for MSU, considering Ohio State was yet to offer Lewis to entice him otherwise.
But Lewis isn't the only highly recruited safety that Dantonio and Tressel are trying to covet. In fact, they are both recruiting someone who is rated higher than Lewis.
Cleveland Glennville's Latwan Anderson is a speedy, athletic safety rated the sixth-best safety in the country and No. 74 top prospect by Rivals.com. Anderson has yet to make a decision.
Anderson has an enormous amount of offers from over 35 schools. He plans to visit the Land of Sparta sometime within the next month.