Kistler making the rounds

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Danny Kistler is a 6-foot-7, 316-pound lineman from O'Dea High School in Seattle, Wash., and Kistler is considered one of the top offensive tackles in the state of Washington. As such, he already has one scholarship offer in hand for college, but is expecting that number to go up.

"I was offered by Idaho a month ago," Kistler told "I like the Vandals. I have a high interest in them, but I have the same amount of interest for any school. I'm keeping everything open right now. They told me I'm a scholarship player and that they would offer me. I like that a lot, and I know there's other offers coming, so I just need to keep doing what I'm doing for my team and the offers will fall into place."

Kistler is getting the word out. "I've talked to the U-Dub (Washington) coaches and they've told me that I'm a scholarship athlete," he said. "Minnesota has shown a lot of interest. I have a high interest in UCLA too, they've been talking to me. There's just a lot of interest, from Big-10 and Pac-10 schools. Hawai'i is also another high one on my list. My cousin (Tui Avaava) went to school there and played football, and he's the one I train with. I've shown interest in them and they've shown interest back."

All the recruiting attention is nice, and coupled with the attention shown another O'Dea lineman - Grant Enger - it could get a little overwhelming. But Kistler and crew are keeping an even keel and are focused on the season ahead.

"We played hard, but we have a lot of areas to work on," Kistler said of the Irish's team camp experience at Eastern Washington. "The only way we can go is up, and it all depends on how hard we work. I need to get in better shape so I can dominate playing both ways.

"We need to keep focused on the things we need to focus on. Our first goal is getting back and winning the Metro championship. We're trying to be as humble as we can, but we need to be the leaders on this team, especially on the offensive line."

Kistler is being recruited primarily on the offensive line, but he wants to be known as a complete lineman, a coveted big man. "I want to be looked at as an athlete - not like a Devin Hester or anything, but a big athlete," he said. "I can play nose tackle or defensive tackle or d-end or center, guard, tackle - anywhere along there."

This Thursday and Friday Kistler will be going to Washington's camp with teammate Ben Riva, who is 6-foot-6, 280 and looks to be an early target for the class of 2010. "Thursday I'm going for offense and Friday I'm going for defense," he said.

Was that plan to show Washington's coaches his versatility, or did they ask him to come for one day on each side? "It's a little bit of both," Kistler said. "I want to see where I'm at skill-wise on both sides. I know where I've been working for, and I just want to go out and compete. There are going to be top prospects out there, so I want to go out and domintate on both sides. I just have to go out and do what I do."

Kistler added that he's been talking to his Dad and his coaches at O'Dea and might go later in July to a UCLA camp.

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