Trieu: MSU commit Rison 'intrigued' by Alabama offer
Hunter Rison committed to Michigan State, the school his father Andre was a star at, last month. This month, he received an offer from the coach his father played for at MSU, Alabama's Nick Saban.
Rison, a four-star class of 2017 wide receiver, camped with the Crimson Tide and walked away with a scholarship offer from them. Now he has a decision to make, but it sounds as though he will remain true to his word he gave Mark Dantonio and the Spartans.
"I think he'll wait and take his time," Skyline head coach Chan Brock said. "But he's said that he's intrigued by it (Alabama offer). He went down there and went to camp, so take from that what you will. They didn't have to come up here and seek him out; he went to camp. The guys at State know that. It's something to take a look at, but right now, the kid is committed, and he hasn't uttered one word about it otherwise."
A member of the initial Scout 300 for his class, Rison is establishing himself as a premier player. The fact that he went south, competed against some of the best talent that region had to offer and earned a scholarship, is further proof of that.
As the son of a former NFL receiver, his positional skills -- namely route-running and ball skills -- are top-notch, but his attitude and competitiveness are what fuels the entire package.
"He can go play anywhere in the country just off his mindset," Brock said. "He's tough, he'll play hurt. The kid's a baller. He's gotten stronger. He's 190 pounds. I don't think he'll play at 190, but he's a thick kid. The stuff he can do in a short area, the quick-game stuff where he catches it and turns into a tailback, that will be scary too. The average DB will have to be sound in their tackling technique to get this guy on the ground."
Rison won MVP at the EFT Football Showcase in the spring, then was one of the top performers at The Opening Regional in Chicago, several other third-party camps, and then Michigan State's June Elite Camp, where he committed.
Brock has only been coaching him this offseason, as Rison played in Arizona last fall. But even in that short time, he has seen enough to make him optimistic for this year, and also for Rison's chances for success beyond that.
"It was no surprise to me when I found out Alabama offered," Brock said. "When I heard he was going down there, I had a strong feeling they would offer. Obviously he has Michigan State ties, but his dad has ties with Saban and Bobby Williams, too. Those guys love him and he likes Alabama. Amari Cooper is a guy he patterns himself after."
Adams also camps in Tuscaloosa
Michigan State running back commit Abdul Adams also went down to the Alabama camp. The Washington (D.C.) Woodrow Wilson standout was not offered a scholarship by the Crimson Tide, but is on their radar. Adams has been committed to the Spartans since April.
Spartan target still unsure of decision date
Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin tight end Albert Okwuegbunam is one of Michigan State's few remaining targets in the 2016 class. He was offered in June after a brief workout at camp with the staff and is still determining where his recruitment will go from here.
"Right now I don't have a set list of top schools," he said to Scout's Dave Berk. "I would say I'm getting there but I don't have a set list. I'm thinking it's going to happen maybe before my season. But most likely, it will be during or just after."
Okwuegbunam is also considering Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa State and others.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.