Saturday saw %%MATCH_2%% (%%MATCH_6%%) Winton Woods offensive lineman Noah Listermann make his first return to campus since camping in East Lansing and giving head coach Mark Dantonio his pledge.
“It was good,” Listermann said. “I’ve been away way too long. The last time I was there was at the camp I attended in the summer. So it’s been since the middle of June.”
The 6-foot-7, 293-pound offensive tackle started seeing his future on his latest visit.
“It was kind of surreal going up there now,” he said. “I found myself sitting in the stands and looking down on the sidelines at the players and telling myself that will be me in less than a year. It was awesome but it was also weird and strange.”
What differences did Listermann see on this visit as compared to past visits?
“Everything on the offense is crisp and looks in synch,” he explained. “So it was great. All the new stuff is pretty sweet and I’m pretty sure the whole thing is done. While I didn’t get to see all of it, I found it to be pretty nice.”
The visit allowed for some reconnecting with the Spartan coaching staff, however, Listermann knew going up they had a job to do.
“I talked with Coach Dantonio and Coach (Mark) Staten a little on the field and then in the locker room after the game,” he said. “But we couldn’t stay long as we had to get back home and it’s a long drive home.
“But I’m planning to go back next week for the %%MATCH_5%% game and then for the %%MATCH_4%% and %%MATCH_3%% games.”
As for his senior season, Listermann and his teammates have not started the way they had hoped for.
“We’re 2-2 and had a bye this week,” he said. “I think we went into the season and won our first game and got it into our heads that we can just take the field and win. But I think we all were focusing too far forward instead of the now. But I think we’re going to get this turned around but we do have a tough schedule left to play.”