Sean Lissemore - A Diamond in Dumont
Nestled in the northern New Jersey suburbs, seemingly unnoticed, lies a small town of about twenty thousand. Football hasn't exactly had a proud tradition in Dumont - for the locals, the game of the year is the annual contest versus Tenafly. Most other games, unfortunately, Dumont falls on the wrong side of the final score. As is typical with most local kids from such small towns, Dumont is no different: the stars, those with an athletic future, head to the greener pastures of Bergen Catholic, a stone's throw away, or elsewhere. However, something has changed in recent years. A reversal of fortune perhaps as Dumont of all places has given rise to a star waiting to be discovered. People are quickly taking notice of Sean Lissemore, an inside LB for the Dumont Huskies. I recently had a chance to talk to Sean about his recruiting process thus far.
How is your recruiting process going so far - any surprises?
"So far it has been surprising - you don't think you're going to get so much publicity and all of a sudden you do."
How many offers do you have?
"No offers as of now." Sean stated that he was recently at the Elite Combine, but, had to pull out due to back spasms. Being from a small school, scouts rarely get the chance to see him - Sean indicated that he knows the importance of performing at such events, and says he will be 100% healthy and ready to go for any future camps. Sean also indicated that Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, and several Ivy League schools have shown interest. Most recently, the University of Michigan payed Sean a visit at Dumont.
Do you have a Top 5?
Sean does have a Top 5 but stated that they are not in a particular order, yet. He lists Army, Boston College, Maryland, Penn St., and Rutgers.
What are the three biggest factors influencing your decision?
Sean stated that proximity to home is definitely a factor, though it is not an overwhelming one. He would prefer to stay within a 600 mile radius of home, somewhere on the eastern seaboard. Just as important is the coaching staff and the team atmosphere.
What are your feelings on Rutgers?
"From what I have seen they are coming along nicely. The weight room and facilities are unbelievable." Sean also stated that Coach Greg Schiano seems, always, confident that he will bring a winner to New Jersey, and such an attitude will continue to attract the best players to Rutgers.
What camps do you plan on attending?
"Penn State first, then Boston College, Maryland, and Rutgers."
Notes: This past season Sean registered 93 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and had 1 interception.
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