John, his dad, and his brother drove down from the Pittsburgh area to see the Yellow Jackets T-Day game and get a feel of the Atlanta area and Georgia Tech campus.The 6'1"-235 Rizzo had a great visit. "I've never been in a city as big as Atlanta and I really liked it." Rizzo was impressed with how intertwined the city was with the campus. "I really loved everything I had to see despite the weather at the T-Game."
Rizzo arrived in Atlanta the day before the T-Game and the perfect weather gave him and his dad and brother had a chance to see a lot. Rizzo also liked what he saw the following day at the T-Game. "The players were really getting after it and that is a reflection of good coaching," said Rizzo. "The guys looked fast and were playing well together." John felt that this was also a reflection on how good the players are as well.
Rizzo liked what he saw from the coaching staff. "Coach (Mike) Sewak had been great to me." Rizzo was aware that the program had two recently implemented systems in place. "I know this is the third year of the offense but that it is still relatively new considering how intricate their offense is and the new defensive scheme they are installing is in the beginning stages," said Rizzo. "The fact that the players are doing great speaks volumes about how good the staff is."
An interesting fact about Rizzo's brother is that he played for Coach (Paul) Johnson at Navy. His brother was an A Back in Johnson's offense for two years before transferring. "We pretty much followed his trail down to Georgia Tech," said Rizzo. "We really like him and the staff he brought with him from Navy."
Rizzo likes the combination of academics and athletics that he found at Georgia Tech. "There are not many schools that can boast that," said Rizzo. "I think they are one of the top schools around." In addition to Tech, Rizzo is also hearing from Iowa, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Syracuse.
John will be keeping busy this summer attending various camps and combines. "The coaches at Georgia Tech - Coach Johnson actually - invited me back to their camp this summer and I'm going to attend." Rizzo has also been invited to the Pittsburgh Elite camp and to a camp at Syracuse. "I might attend some more but I'm not sure just yet."
When it comes to choosing a school, Rizzo is looking at how well the staff coaches their players and how well they get along with their players. He's also looking to see how well he'll fit into the offensive system at each school. Rizzo is mainly being recruited as a running back or B Back. Some schools are recruiting him as a linebacker. "I'll be honest, though, and say I really prefer the offensive side of the ball."
Rizzo hopes to have his list of schools narrowed down to two before his senior year in high school. "That's a ways away but I feel that is the position I'd like to be in when my senior year rolls around."
Rizzo will probably make his mark in football at the next level but he's accomplished a lot already in another sport. "I'm state champion in my weight class in wrestling." Rizzo recently returned from a tournament in Iowa. He hopes to repeat in the state tournament in his junior and senior seasons.