New Jersey TE high on VT post-visit
Tight end Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) received his first offer a little more than a month ago from Virginia Tech. Since the Hokies offer, Izzo has received six additional offers and generated plenty of interest.
Three-star tight end Ryan Izzo says Virginia Tech will "always be high" on his list of choices.
The versatile offensive weapon was in Blacksburg last weekend for the annual VT spring game and came away with a clear picture of the Hokies’ program.
"We got there on Friday, on Saturday I went in early to tour a little bit with my family,” Izzo said. My family liked it a lot and they said it was a really beautiful campus and they really like (Virginia Tech recruiter) Cornell Brown and the other coaches. After that, we walked around the football facilities. I thought the facilities were beautiful. Then I went to the spring game and managed to see about 40,000 people there. It was just a spring game, which was definitely exciting. I didn’t really expect for a spring game to almost fill up the whole stadium so it was really exciting to see how much the Virginia Tech fans are behind the football team.”
“There was a lot of energy there and overall it was just a really good visit for me and (Top247 athlete and high school teammate) Noah Brown."
While on campus, Izzo was able to meet the Virginia Tech tight ends Coach Bryan Stinespring.
”I got a chance to talk to (Stinespring) and start to build a relationship with him. It was great, I have only been talking to (Cornell Brown) over Facebook, or when my coach set up calls with him, but (Stinespring) is a great guy, he really knows what he is talking about. “It was definitely great to meet him, I can learn a lot from him if I choose to go to Virginia Tech.”
Izzo also got the chance to meet some former Virginia Tech players during the spring game. That was a highlight.
”My favorite part was definitely the spring game, it was really fun,” he said. “The fans were asking if I was going to pull the string (and commit). There was a lot of energy and it was really exciting to meet a few of the players and meet a couple NFL players that were there too. Noah and I had a pretty good conversation with (New York Giants running back) David Wilson. It was a little surreal because when you think about NFL players you don’t really think of them as human beings, but David is a really down to earth guy and he threw some pointers at us and talked about Virginia Tech and when he went there. It was really fun talking to him."
After the Spring Game, Izzo stayed around Blacksburg to meet more of the team and see to experience the college life at Virginia Tech.
“We were with a wide receiver (Joel Caleb) and one of the offensive tackles (Parker Osterloh) and we just hung out with them and experienced the dorm rooms and met other players. We went out and got something to eat and talked about Virginia Tech with them. We saw what it was like to be a Virginia Tech football player.”
The following day, Izzo and his teammates got the chance to speak with Cornell Brown, also a former Virginia Tech player, personally.
“On Sunday, we got to see (Brown) and spend a little bit of one-on-one time,” Izzo said. “We walked around a little bit and talked about the history at Virginia Tech. Coach Brown is an old school guy, we got to joke around a little bit and just become more comfortable together and learn more about Virginia Tech. Coach Brown is a really good guy, he is really funny. I had no idea that he was one of the best players to ever play at Virginia Tech.”
Before the trip, it was clear to Izzo that Virginia Tech is a school that is in the top grouping of schools recruiting him, but until he can visit more campus’ no favorites will be announced.
“I would say Virginia Tech has always been up there but I don’t have any favorites right now. I have only been able to see Rutgers, Temple and Boston College so far. Virginia Tech is a prestigious school and they will be up there in my top five or top three no matter how much interest I get from other schools.”
Right now there is no commitment time frame set for Izzo, however if he does not make a commitment prior to his senior season, he is planning to cut his list to either five or three to not be weighed down with options during his senior year.
Izzo is ranked as the No. 27 tight end prospect in the 2014 class according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite. He has a 247Composite numerical rating of .8500, which equates to three stars.