Cross Sets Visit Schedule

At the conclusion of his senior football season, Izaan Cross plans to attack his recruitment head-on, starting with official visits. He has decided that he will take official trips to Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, and NC State.

"Those are mainly the schools that I've been keeping in contact with most," Cross said. "Each school I know a coach there pretty well. Of course, all five of them [offer] a great education. I know they're all looking for defensive linemen. The coaches that coach the defensive line have great reputations."

From UNC, Cross, a 6-foot-3, 249-pound defensive end from Flowery Branch (Ga.), has developed a good relationship with Steve Hagen. Cross says Hagen, who serves as his primary recruiter, contacts him weekly.

"The last time I talked to him he was telling me about the plans that they have going on like the new facilities and the new stadium – things like that," Cross said. "He told me about the defensive line and about Coach [John] Blake."

Blake and Cross have had a couple of conversations over the course of the last several months.

"He sounds like a great guy," Cross said. "He sounds like he really wants me to be there at UNC."

Although he wants to take all five of his official visits before making his collegiate decision, Cross doesn't have a timetable for a verbal commitment.

"Whenever it happens, it happens," Cross said. "Before the deadline [I will] commit."

For his UNC official visit, Cross is also looking forward to seeing the Tar Heels' top ranked basketball team play.

"I actually told Coach Hagen I really want to see the UNC-Duke game," Cross said. "He said he didn't think that could happen because of the timeframe."

With Flowery Branch's sights firmly set on the GHSA 3A Title, Cross' recruitment has taken a backseat since the summer.

"The last two, three months, that's mainly been football season so I've mainly been taking it slow [with recruiting]," Cross said. "I've really been focusing on the season."

The focus has paid off. Flowery Branch is 9-2 and in the second round of the playoffs. On the season, Cross has collected 80 tackles and seven sacks.

"A lot of teams, they strategize against me," Cross said. "I get a lot of double-teams; I get a lot of teams where if it's a pass they'll roll-out the opposite way; and they'll run to the opposite side. But I feel like I'm playing really well."

Despite the lack of recruiting focus, Cross has snuck in a few unofficial visits – two games at Georgia Tech and Clemson's bout with Duke over the weekend. He said he is considering attending the Georgia Tech-Miami game in Atlanta Thursday night and the UNC-NC State this Saturday.

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