That's the situation that St. Vincent-St. Mary star Doran Grant is in.
He is being treated as a legacy recruit by the Michigan State coaching staff that would love to see him in Green-and-White, but he feels the pressure from the Scarlet-and-Gray faithful in Akron.
"That's all I hear," said Grant. "'You've got to go to Ohio State. You were born in Ohio State, you're an Ohio kid, stuff like that. I hear that a lot. I don't listen to it at all. I know they're going to say it so I just ignore it and focus on what I have to do when it comes to deciding on a school."
What about the pressure to follow his father to Michigan State?
"My dad went there from '79 to '82. He's always going to root for his team regardless, even as I look at other schools. I'm going to try to keep it as another school on the list. But I try not to look at it differently because it's his alma mater."
Grant says the coaches don't let him forget that his father wore the Green-and-White.
"The coaches all talk about how my dad went there and how 'he liked it, so we know you'll like it'," laughed Grant, who added he replies "well, we'll see."
He admits, though, he's very familiar with the campus and has been in East Lansing so many times with his father and that he has a comfort level with the coaching staff, who offered him on the first day they could extend a written offer.
"They really are (a serious contender). I have a real good relationship with the coaching staff, Coach Dantonio, Coach (Harlon) Barnett and Coach Narduzzi. I feel comfortable on my unofficial visit up there for junior day. I know where a lot of stuff is at because I've been up there so many times. I've been up there with my dad in past years, going to games and stuff like that.
"I was up there for the junior day on the 30th. It tells me that they are very interested and they really want me to be a Spartan."
Grant is aware of the situation with the Spartans losing so many players out of their defensive secondary this off-season.
"If I get a chance to go in and compete for playing time as soon as possible, that's definitely a positive factor in me deciding where I'm going to go there or not."
He is up to seventeen offers and feels the list to grow to over twenty, but he has a plan to help him wade through the pile of offers.
"There are some that right away, I know, I probably won't go there, so that's what helps me to narrow my list down to my top schools. I have a list, and I'm going to narrow it down to about five schools over the summer, then I'll have a (final) list."
Spartans fans can feel good to know that this talented four-star corner has MSU high on his list and know that unless something major happens, they'll likely end up on his final five.
Can MSU close and get a commitment? That'll be what Spartans fans will watch for as this 2011 star whittles down his list.