The Class of 2012 in the state of Michigan is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and Grand Blanc High School (MI) linebacker Lester Liston Jr. is part of that group. Recently, he gained his first offer from Western Michigan, an offer which Liston hopes is the first of many.
"So far, I just have an offer from Western Michigan, but there are other schools showing interest too. They are Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Ball State, Central Michigan, and Eastern Michigan. I got the offer from Western in April. They are recruiting me as a linebacker. I visited there recently. I like the coaching staff and the players, and the campus is beautiful."
The process for Liston is still in the early stages. He is looking for certain attributes in a program as he evaluates the schools that are recruiting him.
"I want to go to a place that has a good program, has good coaches, and is just a place where I can win championships. Also, I want to be able to get a good education, and I would like to study Criminal Justice. I have a top couple schools, but I am only a junior, so I have a whole year to decide."
While Liston is looking for what he likes in a school, he also brings a lot to the table for whatever school he eventually decides to attend. The Grand Blanc product is a multiple threat player who can play linebacker and safety, as well as running back on the offensive side of the ball.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a linebacker, but some could see me at safety. I also play some running back in high school, which I like because I can hit people and run over other players. I just like to hit, which is why I love to play linebacker. Overall, I would say I just have the grit to get to the ball and make the play. My strengths include my ability to hit and get to the ball. The main thing I am working on is my speed and I am running track to improve that. I'm running the 100m, 200m, 400m and 4x100m."
Liston's abilities make him a wanted man at the next level and he is a player that opponents fear. As a junior, his team had a good year and he had a great individual year. It will be tough to accomplish that again in his senior year, but it is a task that he is willing to face.
"We finished the year at 7-4, but it was a great season. I got all-conference in the KLAA. I recorded 89 tackles, had 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, and 2 touchdowns. This upcoming season, I hope to lead my team as far as we can go. Hopefully that means leading the team to the state title game. I want to be recognized for running the ball too, but I will be playing safety, linebacker, and running back."
Liston says that his dad and some of his former teammates have had the biggest impact on his development.
"I really looked up to and wanted to play like some of my teammates on the team last year. But the biggest person that has impacted me as a player is my Dad. He has really helped me to become the player that I am."
During the summer, Liston will begin to focus on going to camps and is looking forward to hearing from the numerous schools that have said that they are interested in him.
"I have already been to multiple schools, including Toledo, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Michigan. This summer, I plan to head to camps at Cincinnati, Western Michigan, Michigan, and Michigan State. I like Michigan. They have a good football program and good academics and they have a good recruiting class. I would have to be ready to compete at Michigan with Hayes. I really like Central [Michigan] too. It's a really good school."
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