Centerville's Evan Lisle is Commitment Number Five for the Buckeyes
By Tony Gerdeman
Centerville offensive lineman Evan Lisle (6-6 265) received an Ohio State scholarship offer on February 22nd, and it took him all of seven days to accept the offer and commit to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
The news was broken Tuesday evening by BuckeyeGrove.com's Marc Givler that Lisle, Rivals' 83rd-ranked player in the nation, had committed to Ohio State over offers from Michigan, Alabama, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.
It had been a busy month for the high school junior. Early in February he received offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska and Michigan. Then on the 22nd, he received an offer from Alabama. It was only hours after that, likely not coincidentally, that Ohio State finally threw their hat in the ring for Lisle's services by extending an offer of their own.
Centerville has been good to Ohio State in the past, sending the likes of Kirk Herbstreit, Mike Nugent, A.J. Hawk and rising sophomore defensive lineman Michael Bennett to Columbus. Lisle will add to that list, and has the potential to be a very prominent member of it.
"He's got that Centerville mentality of hard work, and they do have that there," said John McCallister, the director of the McCallister Scouting Report, which scouts Ohio high school football players for universities all over the nation.
"He's a competitor. I think he's a good player. He played quite a bit when he was younger. He has to get a lot heavier, but he will. He's a McCallister type of guy. He's long, and he's not 305 pounds right now and can't move. He's just going to get bigger and stronger."
The desire to seek out offensive linemen who can move and who haven't yet filled completely out is one that offensive line coach Ed Warinner talked about earlier in the winter.
"Athleticism is important because there are some zone schemes, some power schemes and some one-on-one blocking schemes," he said, describing what they looked for in offensive linemen.
"But [we look for] athleticism more so than just raw big maulers. So guys that have some footwork, some athleticism, will be a prototype guy that we'll recruit. Length is big on the edge because you want to protect the pocket and you want to have a good edge to the throwing game. The guys that are over 6-4, that are rangy, athletic, sometimes they were tight ends, sometimes they played basketball, those types of guys are the guys that you're going to look at."
At 265 pounds and still quite agile, Evan Lisle certainly fits that billing. The weight will come, but the athleticism is already there.
"He's a good bender, and he's just got really good feet," said McCallister. "He's got to fill out, but he's got another two or three years to do that. I think he's got really good potential. He's a true tackle.
"I think he might be a left tackle, but he hasn't pass blocked in their offense a whole lot, so he's really going to have to work on that. And that's just because he hasn't done it, as opposed to he can't do it.
"But he's got the potential. He's smart. He's long. He can bend, he can run block. He's good. Plus with the spread, he's going to be able to move his feet. Lisle's a good choice. He's got a lot of upside.""
While not all recruiting services have the bulk of their rankings out yet, both Rivals and 247 Sports have Lisle rated as a four-star prospect.
In fact, Rivals ranks him as the fourth-best prospect in Ohio, behind fellow Ohio State commits Cameron Burrows and Jalin Marshall, as well as Michigan commit Dymonte Thomas.
He is the first offensive lineman in the 2013 class, but won't be the last. Expect the Buckeyes to add at least a couple more in the months to come.
Ohio State's 2013 Commitments
Cameron Burrows (6-1 195), CB Trotwood, Ohio
Jalin Marshall (6-0 190), Ath Middletown, Ohio
Eli Woodard (6-1 185), CB Voorhees, New Jersey
Billy Price (6-4 305), DT Youngstown, Ohio
Evan Lisle (6-6 265), OT Centerville, Ohio
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