Jimbo Fisher has added another commitment to an already loaded 2014 class, and the coach will have to thank his quarterback - Jameis Winston - for this one.
Ryan Izzo, a 6-6, 230 pound three-star tight end, plays his high school ball for Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII. Izzo committed to Florida State last night, and credited two specific reasons for why he selected FSU. One, his recent visit to Tallahassee to watch the Noles trounce Nevada was a big success. Secondly, though, Izzo mentioned that the potential of playing with Winston was too much to pass up on; he knows that if he can get open, the ball will find its way to him.
It will be interesting, going forward, to see how many other players, especially receivers, cite the freshman quarterback as a criterion for their commitment.
The New Jersey native has compiled an impressive total of 17 offers from FBS schools, including in-state favorite Rutgers. Among the other suitors were: Wisconsin (who he visited one week before FSU), Michigan State, Boston College and Iowa.
Izzo, who is rated as the No. 10 tight end in the nation by 247Sports, is off to a solid start for his senior campaign. So far through three games, he has hauled in nine receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown. As a junior in 2012, Izzo had 26 catches for 437 yards and six touchdowns.
With his height, Izzo, who also plays basketball for Pope John XXII, will be expected to add some weight to his frame.
For some highlights from the junior season of the newest FSU commit, check here, courtesy of 247Sports: