Kistler is ready to take the lead

In 2007, the state of Washington was absolutely loaded on the offensive line as far as prospects were concerned. This coming fall, the numbers are a bit more "normal" and one of the top guys along the offensive line that is already getting plenty of looks is O'Dea's Danny Kistler. caught up with Kistler recently and he updated us on recruiting and some unofficial visits he has planned.

Kistler, along with players like Washington State-bound Ed Pelzer, Anthony Vivolo and Dan Kanczugowski, helped lead the Irish to the 3A State Championship Game last fall and now, with those three gone, he's ready to take on the lead along on the line.

"I'm going to play left tackle this fall and I'll actually play defensive tackle as well," Kistler said. "I've been working hard in the weight room and I think we've got a good shot at going back."

Kistler measures in at 6-7.5 and 320 pounds and schools from across the country have taken notice early in the recruiting process and Kistler will be visiting several of those schools in March.

"I went to junior day at U-Dub and I'm going to Ohio State in March and Notre Dame, Purdue and West Virginia for spring practices over my spring break," Kistler said. "I like U-Dub. It's close to home and I like Ohio State. Michigan is a good school too and Purdue is a school that is looking at me right now and Oregon as well.

"They all have said they like what they see. They say that I'm a good guy in general and I'm a good young man and that for my size I've got some pretty good feet and strength and size."

Other schools looking at Kistler include USC, UCLA and Hawaii as well.

Because of his size, you might think that Kistler is destined for a tackle position at the next level, but he said that isn't necessarily the case.

"All the schools are looking at me as a tackle, but I want to get to the point where I can play either guard or tackle and be effective at either one," Kistler said.

As far as summer plans, Kistler is still mulling invites to camps and combines, but he said he expects to camp at Oregon and he'll be firming up the rest of his camp plans in the near future.

We'll continue to follow Kistler in the coming months as the spring evaluation period gets underway.

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