Scout's Take: Rutgers Commit Lester Liston

Lester Liston

FOXSportsNEXT.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu stopped by ScarletReport.com this morning to offer his take on the verbal commitment of Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) linebacker Lester Liston. Trieu scouted Liston for two years in high school and had him pegged as a three-star recruit in the class of 2012.

Here is our question and answer session with FOXSportsNEXT.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu, who offered his take on the verbal commitment of Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) linebacker Lester Liston to Rutgers.

ScarletReport.com — From your perspective, what is Rutgers getting in Lester Liston?

Allen Trieu — I think that he's a steal. I've seen him during the camp season as s junior, knew he was a lot better than the college interest he was getting at the time. I saw him as a senior. He took it up to even another level. He's a guy that we were flirting with possibly moving to a four-star. In the end looking back, I think he probably deserved that. He's a guy, who could potentially be a four-star in the post-graduate rankings if he does what he did last year at Hargrave this year.

SR.com — What kinds of things do you see in him that put him on the brink of being a four-star kid?

AT — He's really athletic. I'm really impressed with his ability. He played tailback last year and really showed his athleticism and his speed. The kid has a nose for the football and he's definitely not afraid of contact either. He's a physical guy. All he does is show that in his play. It's really his ability to explode up field, make plays in the backfield and play sideline to sideline that had him really impressing last year.

SR.com — Do you think his skill-set is best at middle linebacker or can he play elsewhere?

AT — I think he's athletic enough to play elsewhere. I haven't seen him have to drop in coverage. He plays primarily as a forward, attacking guy. I think he's probably best suited for middle linebacker, but he can play another position. He definitely could, but I see him most likely as a middle guy.

SR.com — You got to know him well as a high-school kid, what kind of personality does he bring?

AT — He's always been a serious football guy. He's always been a team leader. He's kind of a guy that really rallied his team last year. When they needed to make a play, that was the guy they went to. I think he's going to be a good locker-room guy. Him and his dad, they definitely take the game seriously.



Here is a look at some of Liston's senior film

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