Because of the wintery conditions, the Ann Arbor Skyline sophomore receiver and his father, former MSU receiver Andre Rison, spent the night in East Lansing.
“We stayed in A.J. Troup’s dorm,” the younger Rison said. “We made it work, though.”
Making it work consisted of an air mattress on the floor for Hunter and the couch for Andre. But it was well worth it to get his first chance to see Michigan State since he was in eighth grade.
“Going down there now with all the advances and all the uniforms and the students and how they get behind the whole team,” Rison said. “It was just an overall surreal experience.”
The biggest changes had come to the locker rooms, he said, as the Spartans’ new facilities were used for the first time this season. But the familiarity already was there with the feeling at Michigan State, having a father that starred for the Spartans.
”I feel completely lucky to have that opportunity to be born into something like that,” he said. “MSU is just not any ordinary school. It’s one of those top tier programs around the nation.
”Being able to be born into that and go into the visit and everyone knows who your dad is and has played with him or coached him and they accept you with open arms like you’re already part of the family, it’s just crazy.”
The 6-foot, 185-pound Rison also will have the chance to play for his father at Skyline after transferring back from Chandler (Ariz.) Basha. The reasoning for transferring came from a desire to see more playing time, in part, while also being closer to MSU.
”I made the best decision for me and I moved here with my dad and starting to play down here,” Rison said. “He is the coach and all that, so I know I will get to be on the field. I just wanted the best opportunity to showcase my talent.
”Plus I’ve grown up around Michigan State and he said if you wanna go to Michigan State, play football in Michigan.”
And sometimes, that means getting the added bonus of spending the night in the Michigan State dorms.
“You would be surprised because Riley Bullough and Bennie Fowler were all in there because they came up for the game,” Rison said. “We were all just hanging out.”