Over the last two weeks, Ohio State has watched Michigan rein in five ESPNU Watch List offensive linemen. On Tuesday, the Buckeyes struck back with a standout lineman of their own.
ESPNU150 Watch List offensive tackle Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) spoke with Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer on Tuesday, and a few hours later Lisle was the Buckeyes’ fifth commitment in the Class of 2013.
“As soon as Ohio State offered, I knew they were at the top,” Lisle said shortly after making his commitment. “I’ve always been a Buckeyes fan. I went down for a visit a month ago, and I loved everything about it. I loved all the coaches, the academics are special.
“I was thinking about it, and me and my family talked about it for a few nights and we wanted to get ready for my senior season to play to the best of my ability. So I said ‘What are we waiting on? It’s time to get it out of the way because it’ll happen sooner or later.’ ”
Lisle is confident the Buckeyes will win a national championship under Meyer, and during the Buckeyes’ junior day, Lisle’s father, Steve, said everyone in the room “would run through a wall” for the Buckeyes’ new coach.
First-year Buckeyes offensive line coach Ed Warriner was also instrumental in Lisle’s recruitment. The two began building a relationship while Warriner was still at Notre Dame, which finished No. 2 behind the Buckeyes in the race for the 6-foot-5, 260-pound tackle.
“When he moved to Ohio State, I got a chance to meet with him a lot and talk to him,” Lisle said. “He’s one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.”
A lifelong Ohio State fan and born to a family that also cheers for the Buckeyes on fall Saturdays, it was important for Lisle to play for the hometown team and a place his family can watch him every week.
So has it sunk in that he will be playing for the Buckeyes beginning in 2013?
“Honestly, not really,” Lisle said laughing. “It feels kind of surreal.”