The Midwest is loaded with top offensive line prospects in the class of 2013, and one of the best is Centerville, Ohio tackle Evan Lisle. The 6-6, 265-pound Lisle is now at four total offers after recent additions from Illinois and Miami.
"I went down to Miami for their junior day because my grandpa has a place down there," Lisle said. "We went there for a long weekend, I went to their junior day and they offered me there."
Miami is rarely an early offer for Midwest kids, but Lisle's connections to the area and the fact that he made the trip down for their junior day could make the Hurricanes an interesting contender for his services.
"That definitely intrigues and it definitely is an option because I have family down there," Lisle said. "I didn't know they stress academics so much, and I was pleased to know that they did. I was very impressed when I went there."
New Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and his staff are the most recent school to extend an offer to Lisle, and the Dayton-area lineman has been in frequent contact with the Illini.
"They told me about their program and they are really nice people," Lisle said. "I am definitely going to try to get down to Illinois and check out the campus."
Prior to Illinois and Miami, Lisle had received scholarship offers from Boston College and Cincinnati. He is also receiving strong interest from the likes of Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern. The Wildcats currently have a commitment from Lisle's teammate, class of 2012 four-star Ifeadi Odenigbo, and the pair have discussed Northwestern.
"He's told me that they are a very academic school, which I like, and he said their football program is going to do good things," Lisle said. "I am interested in them too and am just trying to not rule anyone out."
Lisle originally planned to attend Indiana's junior day on Sunday, but had a family commitment that prevented him from going. He expects to see more schools in the coming months.
"We're still trying to fill the schedule, so I'm not sure what junior days I am going to go to yet, but I know I am going to go to some more," he said.
This past fall Lisle made game visits to Ohio State, Northwestern and Notre Dame. He could take his recruitment out into next fall and have the opportunity to see more college games, but is not sure on his timetable for a decision at this point.
"I think it would be nice to visit around, but I'll just have to talk to my family about it and see what's best for me," Lisle said.