Commitment time looming for Kourtzidis

With just one visit left on his schedule, four star tight end prospect Christo Kourtzidis is just about ready to make a decision. Christo, who just wrapped up a mid-week unofficial to Lincoln to see what the Huskers have to offer talks about that visit, his final three and why this decision will be so tough. Get the latest inside.

The top target at TE for Nebraska made his way to Lincoln this week along with his father. Christo Kourtzidis, from Lutheran high school in California, said he really didn't know what to expect making his first strip to the Midwest.

"It was a good experience for me in a lot of ways. I had a great time and met some great people. I know my dad liked it too. He said he liked the way the city of Lincoln felt like a real college town. He got there the day before I did, so he got to look around the city a little more than I did."

Why did your dad get there before you?

"I was down in Alabama taking an unofficial down there. So I just flew straight from there to Nebraska. My dad was coming from home (California) so he just went ahead and flew out early to get a look at things first."

What were your impressions of the Nebraska program?

"There was a lot to see. Right when we got in to Lincoln we headed straight over to the school. I got a good look at all the facilities first and they were really impressive. Probably the best I've seen. I got this big tour of the campus too, and then we checked out the stadium for awhile.

"You really get a sense how big football is in Nebraska after walking around the campus, they have a ton of rich tradition.

"We also took the academic tour around the academic center and met with Mr. LeBlanc and that was also very impressive. The academic center there is huge. You can tell Nebraska cares about academics too it's not just a football school. I found that really appealing, so did my dad."

Did you get to interact with the coaches much?

"Oh yeah, I met with pretty much all the coaches that first day in Nebraska. They seemed like all really cool coaches, with that younger vibe I really like a lot. They were all pretty funny too, everybody had a good sense of humor. My dad said he thought all the coaches were really personable and really nice people. It was really nice to get to know them a little bit."

Christo also said the coaching staff described how they see him fitting in the offense.

"They were just telling me how they use the tight ends in their offense. The coaches said like to keep at least two (tight ends) on the field at all times and kind of move them around. They think I could be a guy that could do that for them."

Did you feel out of your element being a west coast guy?

"No, no, not at all, I don't think so at all. In fact maybe it was better for me. Because it's a little more laid back than California you can concentrate more on school and football, which to me was a good thing."

What's next on the agenda for you?

"I'm heading out on one more visit to Florida State this weekend to take a visit. Once I take that one and get all these visits centralized in my mind, I think I'll go ahead and make my decision. Probably a week or so and I'll be ready (to commit)."

Christo said he'll make that decision from three schools. I then asked him to give me a little synopsis on each and why those three made the final cut.

California: "Obviously their academics first and foremost. It's a really prestigious school for academics. They are building new facilities and I get along with all the coaches really good."

Florida State: "My relationship with the coaches there is good, they have good academics too and I like the way they use the tight end. The coaches over there told me they plan to start incorporating the tight end more in their offense."

Nebraska: "The relationship I've built with the coaches over there is really strong. The academics there and football atmosphere are all topnotch. Probably the best facilities I've seen and hey also have a great fan base that would be awesome to play for."

Finally I asked Christo if making this decision would bring some relief to what has to be a stressful time in his life.

"It really will. But I'm not going to sit here and complain about it or anything, I feel so honored to be in this position. Don't get me wrong, I'll be happy when it's over. But it's been a fun ride."

Big Red Report will touch base with Christo shortly after his visit to FSU this weekend, to see if he has nailed down a commitment date yet. Until then, keep checking back with Big Red Report for all the latest updates on Husker recruiting.

- Bryan Munson -

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