Florida State found a new top target for its future offensive attack in the form of 4-star tight end Ryan Izzo. Coach Jimbo Fisher and his Seminoles made a splash Monday night by picking up a commitment from the Sparta, N.J. prospect, per 247Sports.
Izzo, a 6'6", 220-pound standout, is a senior playing for Pope John XXIII. He expressed his excitement about the decision on Twitter.
The physically imposing tight end made an official visit to Tallahassee earlier this month, according to 247Sports. Izzo watched Florida State pound Nevada, 62-7, on Sept. 14.
He is among New Jersey's most heavily recruited players, with a lengthy offer list that features Michigan State, Illinois, Rutgers, Wisconsin and USC. He spent his summer traveling to various campuses, including Boston College and Iowa.
He is a multidimensional athlete, able to gain control at the point of attack in run-blocking and capable of providing a significant weapon in the open field as a pass-catcher. 247Sports composite rankings lists him as the 24th-best tight end in the country.
Izzo told 247Sports reporter Chris Nee that his ability to serve in several roles is exactly what Seminoles tight ends coach Tim Brewster is looking for.
“He said his needs are extreme for a versatile tight end,” Izzo said. “They just don’t have any depth right now. He said I’d fit because he likes how in my offense I play all over and have experience as a hand in the dirt tight end and as a receiver."
Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is currently tied for the team lead with three touchdowns. Izzo could arrive on campus with an opportunity to compete for playing time during the early stage of his career.
He becomes the 24th member of Florida State's impressive 2014 recruiting class, joining similar 4-star prospect Mavin Saunders (Houston, Texas). Saunders, another 6'6", 220-pound athlete, is listed as the nation's No. 13 tight end in 247Sports composite rankings.
The addition of Izzo provides Florida State with a pair of promising tight end options to implement in a young offense.