“The Beast” is a fairly common name players give themselves but seeing a young athlete live up to it isn’t a common occurrence.
When you watch film of 2016 Dickinson High School linebacker Blake Carlisle, you probably think ‘yea, that kid is a beast.’ If you see him play live and in person, even in a 7-on-7 game with no contact, you walk away thinking, ‘no, that kid is a monster.’
Fortunately for the Mustangs, the 6-2, 178 pound linebacker committed to SMU and will have the opportunity to grow and improve on the Hilltop.
“SMU was the first team to offer me,” he said. “Almost every day I’d get a letter from them. The coaches were always hitting me up on Twitter. I’d call them and we’d have some really good conversations. I went to visit the school—it was a really nice campus and I loved the people there.”
Above everything else, Carlisle loved the relationship he developed with the coaching staff. When he committed the first coach to reach out to him was linebacker coach Archie McDaniel.
“He said I made him the happiest linebacker coach in America,” Carlisle said. “I just felt really good at SMU. And these being the first to pull the trigger on me was huge. So when I thought about it, it was them—if it was going to be any school it was going to be SMU. I felt like that’s where I should take the next step in my career.” SMU plans to use Carlisle at the Star position, a spot reserved for some of the most athletic and versatile defenders.
“That has me feeling pretty good,” Carlisle said. “Knowing that they want me for that position makes me hungrier. That’s why we’re out here. I just want to keep getting better so that when I get to SMU I can get it on.”
Carlisle isn’t sure when he will make it back to the Hilltop; he wants to visit again soon, but he has to make sure his mother can come too.
“I’m trying to get my mom to come with me because the coaching staff really wants to meet her,” he said. “So we’re going to try and make it to the cookout they are throwing later this summer.”