The number 1 jersey holds a special place in the lore of both Big 10 Michigan state universities. While those who donned it at Michigan may be a bit more famous for doing so — Charles Woodson, please stand up — the likes of Andre Rison and Charles Rogers at Michigan State made the single digit a famous green shirt as well.
Because of a generalized reverence for what both Rison and Rogers accomplished in East Lansing, the jersey is unused these days, and has sat dormant in recent seasons under Coach Mark Dantonio’s watch. Yet that may not be the case for much longer, as a prominent recruit has made a public pitch to wear the jersey when he arrives at Michigan State in 2016. Normally that might not carry much sway, but this recruit is different: He’s Andre Rison’s son.
Hunter Rison, the star wide receiver recruit from Skyline High in the University of Michigan’s hometown of Ann Arbor committed to Michigan State in June in a recruiting win for the Spartans that was more fait accompli than legitimate battle. He has much of his father’s size, speed and athleticism, and will be expected to make an impact at MSU shortly after he arrives on campus.
On Tuesday night he made his official pitch to draw even more parallels to his father, essentially propositioning Dantonio to allow him to wear number 1, finishing with a loaded, “I guess we’ll see.”
The Tweet met with mixed responses from Michigan State fans on Twitter, with most supporting the move but at least one offering up a note of caution:
The next move is in Dantonio’s hands. Given Michigan State’s ascent up the national rankings following its primetime victory over Oregon on Saturday, he has a few more pressing issues on his agenda, though the younger Rison is sure to remind him of his request when he eventually arrives on campus next fall.