January 30, 2012

Lisle close to an offer?

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One of the big headliners at Ohio State's junior day on Sunday afternoon was Centerville (Ohio) offensive tackle Evan Lisle. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound prospect is the No. 1 rated offensive lineman in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings and made the hour long trip east on I-70 to get his first in-depth meeting with the new Ohio State coaching staff.

"It was good," he said. "We got to talk to the whole coaching staff. We talked to coach (Urban) Meyer and I really liked the campus and all of the facilities."

The athletic tackle has been blowing up lately with offers and is now up to five total with Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, and Miami (FL) all joining the fray. After talking with Meyer, Lisle got the impression that Ohio State could be the next program to join that list.

"Coach Meyer said that I should be pretty confident about an offer from Ohio State," Lisle said. "That was exciting to hear, I thought it was pretty cool."

For Lisle, having some options on the table has been a relief, though he admits that he's not one that spends too much time worrying about that type of stuff.

"It's an exciting feeling," he said. "I'm pretty relieved, I was just trying to work hard in the weight room and let the offers come. I was trying not to think about it too much."

In addition to Ohio State, two other national powerhouses are also started to show increased interest in the big-time lineman.

"I'd say that Michigan is pretty interested but I don't know if they are close to offering," he said. "Brady Hoke came into the school the other day, he's a nice guy. Oklahoma is pretty interested, too."

Lisle is coming off a big junior season on the football field and playing in Centerville's run-heavy triple option offense, he is planning to spend a good part of the summer working on improving his technique in pass protection.

"I'm probably going to go to some camps and work on my pass blocking," he said. "That's just something that I need to work on and get more comfortable with. I'm working on my run blocking too, though. I need to work on everything if I'm going to play at the next level."

Lisle is the No. 4 rated junior in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings.


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