August 27, 2011
Video: Breaking down Evan Lisle
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Though it wasn't a great start for the Centerville football team on Friday night, the Elks lost 33-14 to Elder, one player that showed outstanding promise was junior Evan Lisle. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle had more than a handful of impressive blocks and is quickly establishing himself as one of the top juniors in the state of Ohio. Still, Lisle wasn't completely satisfied with how things went down on Friday.
"I thought I did some good things and I thought I did some bad things," Lisle said of his performance. "I've just got to work on things and learn from them. It's frustrating but you can't just blame things on one player. We all made mistakes and we all just need to work and try and get better."
Lisle has made some excellent strides over the last year and he's continuing to work hard on his game.
"Right now I'm just working on keeping my feet moving a lot and trying to give that extra shove at the end," Lisle said. "I'm trying to give my best effort and trying to play every play like it's my last and everything else will come."
On the recruiting trail, Lisle is still very early in the process but is already drawing interest from some of the nation's top programs.
"I'm hearing from about 25 teams," he explained. "Ohio State wants me to come up, so does Northwestern, Notre Dame, and I've talked to UCLA and a lot of other schools."
At the moment, Lisle isn't claiming any favorites and is giving each interested school a fair chance.
"I like them all right now," he said. "They're all really good so I just don't really know yet."
One thing that Lisle credits as a major factor in his development has been his time playing with both Benny McGowan and Michael Bennett. Bennett, now a freshman at Ohio State, and McGowan, a Michigan State commit, have taught the young player a lot about playing along the offensive line.
"They definitely help you learn," he said. "They get in your face when you make mistakes. They've helped me a lot."
Lisle said he hasn't made any plans yet for unofficial visits this fall but that he does hope to take a few at some point.
Lisle was our No. 9 ranked player in Ohio in our early class of 2013 rankings and he certainly lived up to that billing on Friday night. Lisle is up to 265-pounds and still has room to add another 35-40 pounds without much risk of losing his tremendous athleticism. Physically, Lisle passes just about every test you could throw at him, he has good feet, he's strong, and he really fires off the ball.
Another major positive with Lisle is that he plays with a mean streak and he plays to the whistle. On the video clip above, there's a play where he's tripping over the pile and on his way down he's still reaching out trying to push a defender on the way down. That type of extra effort and motor is exactly what you are looking for in a future Big Ten lineman.
Lisle will obviously need to add some weight before being able to play at the collegiate level but there is plenty of room for him to do just that and given the way he is able to push defenders around right now, it's scary to think how strong he will be when he gets up to the 300-pound range.
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