The breakaway speed that Cortazzo possess is evident with his 4.39 "40" time. Having the ability to go deep or taking the ball on a slant, he can hurt the defense either which way. "I am a mix of both," Cortazzo said. "But I'd rather catch a ball and take off."
The hot receiving prospect is being pursued by Michigan State, along with Akron, Temple, New Hampshire, and Iowa. He is also getting feelers from local schools like Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Cortazzo had the chance to attend Michigan State's camp, and found many reasons to enjoy his brief visit.
He was able to spend a whole day with receivers coach Blaine Bennett, and was impressed by his demeanor. "He's a pretty good coach, and he definitely knows what he's talking about," the speedster said. "He seemed like a down-to-earth guy; he's a nice guy," he said.
"I learned a lot of their routes that they run," Cortazzo said. He told GSN that him and Bennett focused on solely on X's and O's when he attended Michigan State's camp, and really had little to talk about in terms of what impact he could have in the MSU system. Along with enjoying the football side on the camp, Cortazzo said he found the campus to be an envious one.
"I liked how it's more of a campus atmosphere," he said. "I'm not really a big city guy, and I like the small contact; it just seems like a football town almost." Cortazzo said he hasn't really begun planning official visits as of yet. "I'm pretty much open right now," Cortazzo said.
"I'm going to play half the season, and see where I fit in best, and go from there I guess." When asked whether or not he's prefer to play at a smaller venue because of his small town makeup, Cortazzo suggested that it wasn't going to be an issue. "I like the big-time atmosphere," the senior wideout said. "As much as all the smaller schools said I'd go, and play right away as a freshman, I don't think I'd mind sitting a year or two, learning the system, and going to a bigger school."
He said his last contact with Michigan State was about a month ago, and indicated that other schools wanted to see more film, and things of that nature. He said while some schools came to his game on Friday night, Michigan State was not among them. He did tell GSN that MSU came to his school last year. They have not offered a scholarship yet, and he said that he didn't have a top 5 in terms of schools. "I'm pretty much wide open right now," Cortazzo said.
When looking at his success outside the athletic realm, one only has to look to the classroom to see where Cortazzo excels. "I have a 3.5 GPA," he said. "I'm a pretty down-to-earth kid I guess. I just hang out with my friends a lot. I'm pretty much a normal teenager, I guess you could say." He says he hasn't always been a football star, and in fact didn't start playing the game until he was in the eighth grade. "I used to play ice hockey, actually," Cortazzo said. "I played for ten years."
The work he does outside the classroom is just as impressive as well. "As a team, we do a lot with the youth football groups," the Trafford High star said. "It's like a flag-football thing, and I'm pretty big on that."
He is also enjoying having his father on the sidelines with him for his final season. Tim Cortazzo, Sr. was a star running back for East Allegheny High in the 1970's. He gave up his head coaching responsibilities at the school this year to witness his son's senior season first hand. He doesn't sit idly bye however, choosing to help out Penn Trafford by providing extra coaching on defense.