Butler's Carlisle already hearing from a few

A JUCO defender already getting some early recruiting attention is Butler LB Michael Carlisle (6-0, 215). The sure-tackling prospect had a solid season for the Grizzlies as a freshman this past fall and he hopes hard work this summer will mean an even better season for his team as well as individually...

Carlisle was a standout as a prep at Jonesboro (Ga.) High School and signed with Mississippi State over offers from several other SEC and ACC schools.

He was unable to achieve a qualifying SAT score so he began looking around for a place to get his academics in order and he told JCFootball.com recently that it was a "no-brainer" on where he would play his JUCO football.

"Butler is the number one program in the nation, it was an easy decision for me," Carlisle noted. "I came in and got right to work. I got to play all three linebacker spots last fall, but I'm mainly an outside guy."

As a freshman, Carlisle totaled nearly 50 tackles to go along with five tackles-for-loss, one sack and one fumble recovery and said he wants to improve on his pass-coverage this offseason.

"I want to get my pass-drops down and just get smoother into them," Carlisle said. "I have 4.6 speed, so he I have the speed to do well in coverage, but it wasn't something I was really good at when I got here, so it's a focus for me this offseason.

"I'm more of a run-stopper. I read plays well and I'm a sure-tackler when I get there."

On the recruiting front, Carlisle is already hearing from a handful of schools, but he's still waiting on that first offer.

"I've been hearing from North Carolina, LSU, UCF and Michigan State so far," Carlisle said. "I don't have any offers yet, but I think that will happen during the spring.

"A couple schools feel like they could be getting close to offering me, but right now I'm just waiting."

Even though he has yet to get an offer, Carlisle said he already knows what he is looking for in the school where he ends up.

"First off it's academics and the support they give athletes," Carlisle said. "Second is depth chart. I want to find a place that I can play right away, but I know I'm going to have to battle for a spot no matter what."

Carlisle will finish up his AA in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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