The Florida State Seminoles landed their 24th commitment for the class of 2014 today when tight end Ryan Izzo gave his verbal pledge to play in Tallahassee.
The New Jersey product is rated as a three-star prospect by most recruiting services, but has been rising in the last few months. He chose the Noles over offers from Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and the local team, Rutgers.
At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Izzo will need to add some weight if he wants to be an in-line blocker at the collegiate level, but he has the skills to be a solid pass receiver regardless. Although he doesn’t have outstanding speed, he has an innate ability to get open on underneath routes while working in the slot.
He also has nice body control and overall athleticism with the ball in the air. He does a great job of high pointing passes and catching the ball away from his body. In time, he could become a valuable weapon in the Seminoles pass game.
Florida State is in dire need of tight ends at this point, so Izzo’s commitment is crucial. Junior Nick O’Leary has played better this season, but has only one year left on campus. With the transfer of Christo Kourtzidis, Florida State became very thin at the position and had to move Giorgio Newberry there for the 2013 season.
The Seminoles 2014 class has the potential to end up being one of the top three or four classes in the country based on star ratings, but it’s players like Izzo that will give them great depth for the future.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.