Listermann Steps Closer to Dream

Saturday found one of Michigan State's top offensive targets back on campus for a third time. With his family beside him, Noah Listermann is starting to get the feeling that he's fulfilling the dream of becoming a future college football player.

Just a couple of years ago, Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods offensive lineman Noah Listermann decided to give the game of football a shot. With each practice and game the 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle found a liking to the game and started to think about developing into a prospect college coaches would consider offering a scholarship.

Michigan State along with several other schools have now offered and Saturday's return visit to East Lansing was one that included his mother Julie and stepfather Mike DiBlasio beside him.

"I begged my stepfather that he had to come with me to see Michigan State," explained Listermann. "He usually works on the weekends but was able to go. So he got a chance to see everything my mom and I have already seen and like about Michigan State. He knew my opinion and my mom's opinion about it and he just loved it.

"He grew up sort of like an Ohio State fan, but I know he now likes Michigan State also. It was very important to get his opinion because Michigan State is a school I'm strongly considering and I wanted him to know about the place I might be at and the people that will be looking after me and stuff."

The task of showing the family around went to another Ohio product on this latest visit.

"Skyler Burkland showed us around and he's a real cool guy," he said. "The coaches were on the field coaching before the game, but afterwards, I talked with most of the offensive staff and also Coach (Harlon) Barnett.

"The weather was nice, not too windy, not rainy and around 60-65 degrees. Their offensive line is good and I was watching Jack Conklin as he went about his work. So overall it was a great day."

The day also allowed for both parties to take the next steps forward in the process.

"I've looked at the academics and Michigan State has what I want academically," Listermann continued. "They (coaches) all really like me and say I'm real athletic. They said I've got to get stronger, but that I'm quick and long and that they really want me.

"So I pretty much know what they like about me, but I want to learn more about the plans they have for me and what they expect of me.

"My mom really likes it there and loves Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Mark) Staten. We have always looked for and really want that family feeling and she really likes that about MSU and so did Mike."


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