Here's the news pic.twitter.com/LmupZ4equv— Thiyo Lukusa (@BigblacK4420) May 14, 2015
The Crystal Ball predicted Michigan to be the front runner for Traverse City West offensive lineman, Thiyo Lukusa, but when the 2016 prospect tweeted out his verbal commitment on Wednesday, he had no desire of spending his college career in Ann Arbor.
Hours after Detroit Cass Tech safety, Demetric Vance, held a press conference at his high school to announce his pledge to Michigan State, Lukusa announced his commitment to the Spartans after talking it over with his family. The total has now reached 11 in the 2016 class, with nine committing in a span of three weeks, beginning with Huber Heights (Ohio) pro-style quarterback, Messiah deWeaver, on April 22.
Lukusa is also the fourth prospect to commit in the past two days, as both Austin Andrews and Jonah Morris announced their commitments on Twitter shortly after their visits on campus Tuesday. Lukusa's offer list was highlighted by Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Tennessee, but chose to stay local.
247Sports rates Lukusa as a three-star recruit and the No. 9 overall player in the state of Michigan, while Scout.com ranks Lukusa the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country.
The junior will provide more size and strength to head coach Mark Dantonio's offensive line in 2016. His quickness off the line and foot work in run and pass blocking make him one of the more intriguing prospects among the 11 recruits.