Greg Powers -- Lister is a tough-hard nosed player with a good work ethic. He plays for a winning program, 5A state champs in 2012, and is used to being a leader on that team. He is dependable and gets the job done, whatever he is asked to do.
SR.com -- How does he fit into a pro-style scheme?
GP -- Lister is a great blocker and I think to be a good tight end in any system that is where it starts. He looks like a LB, but he has good quickness in tight space and has displayed soft hands in the off-season camps I have seen him at (Dallas NFTC, Next Level Athlete Showcase).
He could very easily fill in a role of an H-back in addition to being thought of as a more traditional TE. I would also not rule out the possibility he could grow in to or be considered as an OL.
SR.com -- What are his best attributes as a tight end prospect?
GP -- His best strengths in the program are going to be his work ethic and overall toughness at what is sometimes an unglamorous or overlooked position in many offenses. He is not going to be a guy who hangs his head and plays the blame game if balls do not come his way. He will strap it on and bring it every down. Again his blocking is as good as it gets.
SR.com -- Where does he need to improve?
GP -- He needs to get faster to stay at tight end. He does not get the chance to get his hands on a lot of balls, but has helped clear lanes for what may be the state of Texas top prep rushing attack. He will need to refine that area of his game and prove that he has the skill set to be a player who can be multi-functional in college.
SR.com -- What kept the Texas programs from getting involved in his recruitment?
GP -- His interest was kind of all over the place. He did have interest from schools down this way and had a BCS offer on the table from Houston and also held an offer from Texas State. The biggest thing for him is that in the eyes of some programs he was a candidate to fill out and make a move to the OL.
And that very well could still be in the cards, but he has shown enough athleticism for me to believe he could remain at TE. He could be considered a ‘betweener' in that regard and that may be the main reason to have delayed some of the bigger regional offers.