Recent reports indicated that Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) senior tight end Ryan Izzo had narrowed his list to Florida State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. In an interview with TechSideline.com on Wednesday evening, Izzo confirmed that these four schools are indeed high on his list, but he said Iowa and Southern Cal remain in the mix as well.
“I’m kind of down to four. I never said it officially, but some reports kind of took what I said and went with it. I have a top six, but I’m reviewing it with my family,” Izzo said.
With his list coming into sharper focus, where will the 6’5 1/2″, 225-pound prospect go from here before he commits?
“Right now I’ve planned two officials, to Florida State and Wisconsin,” said Izzo, who will head to Tallahassee the weekend of September 13-14. He is not quite sure when he will head to Wisconsin, but the visit will take place at some point this fall.
“As of right now I’m taking the two officials and then I’ll go from there.”
Virginia Tech was the first major FBS program to offer. Led by Cornell Brown, Scot Loeffler, and Bryan Stinespring, the Hokies have kept up consistent contact with the promising senior. Of Tech, Izzo said: “I’ve already visited Virginia Tech, but if I needed to get down there for a game or something, I’d see if I can take an official.”
Izzo played last season at around 210 pounds, so he has had a successful offseason in the weight room. This season he’ll again be a threat in the passing game, but he’ll also utilize his bigger frame and increased strength as a blocker. Pope John XXIII, which also features highly recruited senior receiver Noah Brown and star sophomore quarterback Sonny Abramson, will field a talented and experienced group.
“We have a lot of returning players from last year. We lost only two or three starters,” Izzo said. “Our ultimate goal, of course, is a state championship.”
This spring, it seemed as though Virginia Tech was one of the favorites (if not the favorite) in this race. Tech remains in Izzo’s top group, but at this point my feeling is that he’ll head elsewhere with FSU, Rutgers and Wisconsin being possible favorites in my opinion. I plan to catch up with Izzo again in September, so we’ll see if anything changes at that time.