A little less than two weeks ago, Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press reported that Andre Rison, the former NFL star and father of Michigan State Spartans wide receiver Hunter Rison, had issued a statement which said Hunter would be transferring.
This weekend, the younger Rison paid a visit to K-State, and before even getting into the swing of weekend events announced via Twitter that he’s found his new home.
Rison, a true freshman who’d been a four-star recruit and had been a not-insignificant part of the Spartan offense in 2017, was always headed to Michigan State as a recruit. He was following in his father’s footsteps; Andre was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and an All-American in East Lansing, for which he is enshrined in Michigan State’s Sports Hall of Fame, and had a long (if peregrine) career in the NFL, earning five pro bowl nods including one with the Kansas City Chiefs.
What was K-State’s doorway to landing Rison? Andre is close friends with another Andre, namely Wildcat assistant Andre Coleman. Perhaps the elder Rison’s stint in Kansas City, one which coincided with K-State’s first legitimate chance to cash in national championship aspirations, also helped increase their interest in Manhattan. And the notable success K-State has had with receivers out of the slot, the position Hunter has generally played, probably didn’t hurt either.
Hunter will have to sit out the 2018 season, but he should be geared up and ready to start catching passes for K-State in 2019. He should be an exciting addition to the Wildcat offense.