Izzo Close To Naming Favorites

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Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) rising senior tight end Ryan Izzo has collected 18 scholarship offers since Virginia Tech came through with the first back in March.  Only five or six schools will make the cut for the 6’6″, 215-pound prospect, who plans to announce his favorites next week.

Before Izzo reveals his top list, he’ll make three more college visits.

“On Saturday, I’m going to Iowa.  On Monday I’m going to Wisconsin, and on Tuesday I’m going out to Southern Cal,” Izzo said.  “After that, I don’t have any more visits planned.”

Accompanied by his family, head coach Brian Carlson, and two teammates (rising senior WR Noah Brown and rising sophomore QB Sonny Abramson), Izzo attended Virginia Tech’s Spring Game in April.  That experience, coupled with the good relationship he has developed with primary recruiter Cornell Brown, was enough to ensure Virginia Tech a place in the talented prospect’s list of finalists.

“I like Virginia Tech,” Izzo answered when asked where the Hokies stand with him right now.  “I like Coach Brown.  He made me feel at home.  I like the school.  I got to go to the school for the Spring Game, and the environment there was great.”

Izzo added:  “Virginia Tech is definitely going to be in my top five.”

Nothing is certain, but at this point Izzo is confident he will be able to make his college choice sooner rather than later.

“As of now, I feel like I’ll be able to decide by the end of the summer,” he said.

A standout in basketball and football, Izzo, who averaged a double-double last season on the basketball court, brings size and good overall athletic ability at the tight end position.  He “exploded last season,” Coach Carlson said.  “He played wide receiver and slot… he’s a very athletic kid.”

Izzo’s recruitment has certainly exploded this spring.  All of the schools mentioned above have offered.  Boston College, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Northern Illinois, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple and Tulane have offered as well.

TSL’s Take:  I asked Izzo if there were any other schools certain to make his top list.  He said:  “Not as of now, but this weekend will tell me more.”

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