Kearney's visit a mini family reunion

2014 safety from New Jersey has a cousin playing at Michigan State, whom he spent time with during his official visit to East Lansing. He shares his thoughts on his visit and his feelings on the Spartans.

Before heading to Michigan State for an official visit, Toms River (N.J.) South safety Otis Kearney learned some interesting news.

"Shilique Calhoun is actually my cousin," he said. "I didn't know he went here and when we found out I was related and everything, it was pretty cool."

Kearney said his step father told him that Calhoun is his cousin before coming on the visit. He said the two had never talked personally, but played while Calhoun was playing high school football at Middletown.

"We talked and I hung out with him (Saturday night)," Kearney said. "We were at dinner talking and he was giving me advice about the recruiting process and everything. He was just telling me to enjoy myself and don't feel pressured to do anything."

The 6-foot, 185-pound safety also took in the Spartans' 42-21 win against Indiana.

"The game was pretty cool and the tailgaters," he said. "Just the people. That was the best part, the game and the people."

He said he liked how after Indiana came out and scored early, MSU bounced right back and was "beating up on them a lot."

"The defense is really good and I liked the way they played," he said. "The offense is pretty good, too. Langford he had four touchdowns. He impressed me. I really liked the coaches. They all impressed me a lot. I liked the vibe."

He said he talked with most of the coaches and he had a chance to talk with coach Mark Dantonio on Sunday.

"He was just telling me about my offer and what that means and just telling me to finish the school year out strong," Kearney said. "He said they will keep in touch and they will send someone out to watch my game because I didn't get to make it to the camp.

"I think Coach (Harlon) Barnett is going to come out and watch one of games soon in the next couple weeks or so."

Kearney, who also holds offers from Buffalo, Massachusetts and Old Dominion, doesn't have any other visits planned soon.

He said Dantonio told him he is under-the-radar, but that visiting MSU could result in other teams reaching out to him. Kearney said he doesn't think it matters after his visit to East Lansing.

"Honestly, I think Michigan State, that's where it's at," he said. "I like it there. It's pretty cool."


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