Pope John Prospects Talk VT Visit
by Chris Horne, SportsWar Recruiting Analyst on Apr 21, 2013
Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) prospects Noah Brown, Ryan Izzo and Sonny Abramson are in Blacksburg this weekend,
all three visiting Virginia Tech for the first time ever. The trio arrived at Tech on Saturday and spoke with coaches, toured the facilities, and watched the Spring Game. TSL caught up with the three standouts Saturday evening for a recruiting update.
6'2″, 210-pound rising senior Noah Brown < is a highly regarded athlete with offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, South Florida, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. As mentioned above, Brown had never visited Virginia Tech until this weekend. What does he think so far?
“I was definitely very impressed with everything [on Saturday],” Brown said. “The crowd there at the Spring Game, they really showed how they support the team.”
Brown is a versatile player. Some schools are recruiting him to play running back, while others, including Virginia Tech,
see him as a wide receiver. Asked for his impressions of the Tech offense guided by new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler,
Brown said: “They struggled a little bit with throwing some picks, but they incorporate the receivers a lot and that's definitely a good thing. I spoke with Coach Moorehead a little bit. He seems like a good coach to play for.”
Sunday's itinerary likely will include a meeting with head coach Frank Beamer as well as a tour of the campus. Brown says he has no further visits scheduled after this weekend, but many college coaches will be checking up on him during the Spring Evaluation Period that is now underway.
Brown, who has also visited Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers, maintains that he will not make a commitment this spring or summer. He did not name a favorite or favorites.
“I still want to get out and see what the other schools have to offer,” he said. “I don't see myself committing anytime soon.”
Izzo, who is also a rising senior, called Saturday's portion of the VT visit “a really great experience. We got to go to the Spring Game. The turnout was amazing. It really shows the fans are behind the team. It was a great experience. I loved the facilities. Overall, it was a great experience.”
Izzo says his primary goal entering the weekend “was just trying to get comfortable with everything. My family is here with me. My grandparents are here. I want to see if this is a place where I could possibly stay for four of five years.”
So far, so good for Virginia Tech, which was the first school to offer the 6'6″, 210-pound tight end prospect.
“This visit has really solidified [Virginia Tech] as being one of the top schools,” Izzo said. “I've had a lot of fun, and I'm really comfortable with the campus. I've had a great time.”
In addition to Virginia Tech, Izzo boasts offers from Iowa, Massachusetts, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, South Florida, and Temple. Might a decision come soon?
“Right now I'm not sure about when I'll be making my decision,” said Izzo, who has also visited Rutgers before. “I haven't been able to see all the schools I wanted. I want to take my time. Right now, I'm not sure. If I am really comfortable I may make a decision before my senior season, but if not maybe I'll have a top three or something like that.”
As only a freshman, 6'2″, 210-pound quarterback Sonny Abramson < threw for over 2,100 yards and 20 touchdowns on the varsity level in 2012. Rutgers and South Florida have seen enough, as both programs have offered the standout signal caller. Virginia Tech is expressing serious interest.
“I was just taking it in, just kind of hoping to see some potential colleges I may be looking at in the future. I'm just trying to get an early start on recruiting,” Abramson answered when asked what he is looking to get out of the weekend.
Virginia Tech is “interested in me,” Abramson said. “They wanted me to come down, which is always a good sign. I was very impressed with it. We saw the Spring Game. The area is incredible. We walked around the facilities some, and they were great.”
Abramson is of course pleased with the two early offers and the amount of interest he is receiving, but the success he has enjoyed on the recruiting trail is only serving to motivate him for the future.
“It's very exciting, but it makes me want to work even harder,” Abramson said of the early offers.
This offseason, “I'm working on getting faster,” Abramson said. “One thing I'm really working on is getting faster with my reads. I want to be able to see what the defense is doing, to know all the details more quickly.”
Quote from head coach Brian Carlson
Pope John XXIII head coach Brian Carlson is accompanying his players in Blacksburg this weekend. He reflected on Day 1.
“We came in and saw the game. Our guys loved the new offensive system. They are excited about that. The defense looks really good. The facilities are awesome,” Carlson said. “Cornell Brown is the main recruiter for us, and he has done an outstanding job. He has really made it a nice visit for us.”