INDIANAPOLIS - Notre Dame received a visit on Sunday from four-star wide receiver Hunter Rison, son of former Michigan State standout and five-time Pro Bowler, Andre Rison.
“It was really nice,” Rison said. “I loved the campus. I loved that campus, it’s beautiful. Daelin (Hayes) was giving us a tour. None of the coaching staff was there, but it was great to meet up with Daelin.”
Rison, a product of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline doesn’t yet hold an Irish offer, but he’s been in communication with Notre Dame assistant Keith Gilmore. Skyline is the same high school program where Hayes played his senior year.
“I’ve talked to coach Gilmore, he’s the defensive line coach but he’s recruiting me,” Rison said. “And he’s really cool. They haven’t extended an offer, but they’re definitely exploring it and thinking about it.”
At the Best of the Midwest combine on Monday, the 5-foot-11, 191-pound wide out grinned and was quick to point out Will Fuller when asked what he finds appealing about Notre Dame.
“How they pass the ball,” Rison said. “Will Fuller is one of my favorite college players. Plus I really like the tradition there. Even if football doesn’t work out, a degree from there can get you a lot of places. It’s a great program that I’d love to be a part of.”
Rison said Hayes is adjusting well to life in college.
“He likes it a lot,” Rison said. “He told me that the work load on the homework side is pretty demanding. He also told me that you’re on their time now. It’s very demanding, but if it’s what you want then you don’t mind it. He’s having a good time.”
Alabama, Michigan State, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA have offered Rison, but he’s not naming favorites just yet.
“I don’t have any favorites right now, but I plan on enrolling early, so I’ll have a decision before signing day,” Rison said. “I don’t know yet about any more future visits because I haven’t really planned my junior days. I’m just waiting that out.”
Relationships and comfort level with the coaching staff will be a primary facet in Rison’s decision-making process.
“Mostly if the connection is not forced,” Rison said. “I want to get along with the coaches because I’ve got to go somewhere for three or four years, so I want to feel comfortable and want them to develop me for the next level.”
Rison was awarded Wide Receiver MVP at Monday’s Best of the Midwest event..
“I think I run routes well,” Rison said. “Dad really harps on that. Getting in and out of breaks. I’m really working on my speed. My speed isn’t bad, but that’s what I really want to improve on.”