Now, almost one year later, Carlisle is the latest member of the class of 2011 to look back and wonder what life would be like in South Bend. He is also the second member of the 2011 freshmen class to make a change and join the Irish (OT Jordan Prestwood left Florida State for South Bend last summer).
A Scout.com four-star running back prospect coming out of Sunnyvale (Calif.) The Kings Academy, Carlisle will have to sit out the 2012 season to meet NCAA transfer guidelines.
Here is a quick look at what Irish fans can expect out of the newest member of the Irish program.
WHAT TO LIKE
A dual position recruit who could be looked upon as a running back or wide receiver, Carlisle played as a true freshman for the Trojans only carrying the ball 19 times for 123 yards. With the possible loss of potential 2013 5th-year senior Cierre Wood and (certain) loss of Theo Riddick following the 2012 season, Carlisle could find a spot in the Irish running back rotation.
WHAT MAY CONCERN YOU
Why did Carlisle want to leave the Trojans program? As reported, Carlisle's father Duane is now the Director of Sports Performance at Purdue University after working for the San Francisco 49ers. Is the only reason to transfer due to his family? This could be one concern however there could be a bigger one as Carlisle is coming off a nagging knee injury many feel he may not recover from for several months.
From what IrishEyes.com has been told Carlisle should have no ill effects from his injury and the time away from the pressures of being ready to compete in 2012 should give him plenty of time for a 100% recovery.
The ability Carlisle shows on the field fits with Brian Kelly's offense and Irish fans should be excited to see Carlisle on the field during the 2013 season.