Bucknuts Fan Club Chat Transcript (Louis Irizarry

Here is the Bucknuts Fan Club moderated chat transcript with Youngstown Ursuline TE Louis Irizarry from Thursday, April 4th, 2002.

Kirk (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:03 PM)
Okay everyone, Louis is here!

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:22 PM)
hello all

OzBuck (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:24 PM)
welcome Louis!!

Kirk (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:51 PM)
We can start the questions now... send them on and I'll post them

stue  (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:40 PM)
How ya doing Louis!!

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:45:06 PM)
i'm doing great

nbuck (Apr 4, 2002 7:44:49 PM)
is depth chart or offensive scheme going to be a big part of you decision?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:45:42 PM)
yes i would say it will be

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:46:00 PM)
i don't want to start playing my junior year

george = (Apr 4, 2002 7:45:08 PM)
what are you doing now to get ready to be the #1 TE in the country?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:46:44 PM)
basically the same as before....but with a little added intensity

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:47:10 PM)
going to be in tip top shape

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 7:46:09 PM)
which of those is more important (depth chart or scheme?)

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:47:36 PM)
oh I'm sorry.....i think the scheme

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:48:11 PM)
because if they plan to use my skills then .....

OzBuck  (Apr 4, 2002 7:45:36 PM)
I was wondering what aspects of your game you consider your strengths and what you want to work on your senior year?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:48:27 PM)
i think i adjust to the ball well

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:01 PM)
my speed always helps me to catch balls all over the field

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:19 PM)
and the yards after the catches helps

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:53 PM)
i think the only thing to work on is blocking

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:50:20 PM)
and not playing b-ball this year helped me with that....I have gained weight and a lot of strength

george  (Apr 4, 2002 7:46:10 PM)
do you want to go to a school that will pass the ball more than run the ball?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:33 PM)
that would be ideal george

bridge152 (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:11 PM)
Louis want to tell you it is a pleasure to have you visiting our site?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:51:05 PM)
thank you bridge.....but the pleasure is truly all mine

george  (Apr 4, 2002 7:47:29 PM)
do you want to go somewhere where there is a top quality QB that will be throwing you the ball?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:52:19 PM)
that would be a main factor....and if they have the scheme that I can be a benefit in, then there's no doubt they will have a qb that can throw

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 7:50:06 PM)
how do you rate yourself as a blocker?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:53:09 PM)
from 1-10......7

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:53:33 PM)
but i can reach and down block very well

george  (Apr 4, 2002 7:49:14 PM)
have you had many injuries in your carreer? any serious?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:53:59 PM)
no..........just a seperated shoulder last year

Kirk  (Apr 4, 2002 7:54:42 PM)
Louis, what schools are you looking at right now?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:55:27 PM)

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:55:50 PM)

stue (Apr 4, 2002 7:55:56 PM)
Any particular order?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:56:17 PM)

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:56:50 PM)
but ND, OSU & PSU ARE highly ranked on the list

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 7:54:47 PM)
Are you interested in making an early commitment so it's not a distraction, or taking your time to see your options?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:57:14 PM)
i plan to make a committment in july/august

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 7:57:31 PM)
basically b4 the season

bridge152 (Apr 4, 2002 7:57:25 PM)
How important will be in your decision making to get an opportunity to play right away??

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:58:48 PM)
i am not expecting to come in and start.....but I will compete, and plan to play my second year

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 7:59:14 PM)
being that I keep improving

nbuck  (Apr 4, 2002 7:59:10 PM)
will descions from mat maizel and terrance graves to go to any of the schools on your list affect your ultimate commitment?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:00:07 PM)
no.....college is a fresh start

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:00:27 PM)
everyone needs to find their own best choice

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:00:42 PM)
i hope nothing but the best for them tho

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 7:58:27 PM)
how important is staying close to home for you?

stue (Apr 4, 2002 7:59:44 PM)
How important of a factor will it be to play close to home?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:01:19 PM)
very important.....i need my parents to watch me catch a TD one time or the other

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:01:37 PM)
but if it came down to it, I can leave the nest

bridge152 (Apr 4, 2002 8:00:18 PM)
Have you talked at all to the OSU Staff individually?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:02:13 PM)
yes i have

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:02:27 PM)
mostly with Connely and Tressel

nbuck  (Apr 4, 2002 8:01:04 PM)
what is you current height weight forty time?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:03:38 PM)
6'5/232lb/ not tested yet

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:03:58 PM)
i am assuming 4.6

Duane  (Apr 4, 2002 8:04:48 PM)
I suspect Louis runs a 4.7 or maybe better. Most of the top 10 TEs last year ran a 4.8 to a 4.9.

Jeda  (Apr 4, 2002 8:00:51 PM)
Your last name is new to me. Do you have any nicknames? Any that you like?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:04:38 PM)
Anthony (my middle name)

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:04:53 PM)
some people call me manchild

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:05:19 PM)
or "the Spaniard"

bridge152 (Apr 4, 2002 8:03:16 PM)
Have they indicated to you there future plans with the offense? Does it seem to be conducive to a TE having more of a receiver role to it?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:06:30 PM)
i haven't got too into detail with those aspects yet

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:07:24 PM)
although they often comment how they could use me (excitedly)

Duane  (Apr 4, 2002 8:06:27 PM)
You needed to throw those nicknames out there, Louis. "Izzy" was becoming popular.

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 8:03:24 PM)
How important is a school that can compete for a confrence/nation title to you?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:08:07 PM)
It's not a requirement but it would be great to go to a school who has had success recently

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:08:32 PM)
but in college football anything can happen to any team at any time

bridge152  (Apr 4, 2002 8:05:12 PM)
Do you have a childhood favorite college?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:09:31 PM)
no....seriously I didn't get into college football heavily until maybe high school

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:09:53 PM)
but my dad and uncle always like OSU and Flor. St.

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:10:17 PM)
i always stuck with the Dallas Cowboys

stue  (Apr 4, 2002 8:06:04 PM)
How would you compare osu's staff to any other colleges as far as pros and cons?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:10:49 PM)
they are very classy

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:11:02 PM)
but down to earth and truthful

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:11:33 PM)
they won't sit there and fill your head with falsities and misconceptions

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:09:38 PM)
what about education do you want to go to a school that is known for academics?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:12:08 PM)
that is the number 1 thing I will be looking for

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:12:30 PM)
My family helps me research schools that are interested in me

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:13:03 PM)
if they do not have anything close to what I'm interested in majoring they are kind of behind the pack

george (Apr 4, 2002 8:12:36 PM)
what major?

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 8:12:39 PM)
what are you interested in majoring in?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:13:23 PM)
i plan on either computer or materials engineering

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:13:43 PM)
and, more recently, animal scientist

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:13:59 PM)
great choices what kind of GPA do you carry?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:14:30 PM)
i currently have a 3.9

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:14:41 PM)
i was holding a 4.0

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:14:51 PM)
then the honors classes got me a 3.9

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:15:05 PM)
on a 4.1 scale

nbuck  (Apr 4, 2002 8:11:38 PM)
what schools will you be visiting this summer and when?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:15:36 PM)
in june i will be visiting maryland and purdue

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:15:56 PM)
i am contemplating if I will attend any camps

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:16:18 PM)
if so then they will be for schools I have been to already

nbuck (Apr 4, 2002 8:06:33 PM)
what do you know and like about coach tressel from his youngstown state days?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:17:53 PM)
that he is an honest good guy

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:18:15 PM)
friends of his always say he hasn't changed in 10 years

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:18:29 PM)
and his success is nothing new

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 8:16:20 PM)
Can i ask where you've gotten scholarship offers from?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:20:00 PM)
OSU, PSU, Maryland, PITT, Purdue, Wake, Boston Col., W. Virg., Mich St.

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:21:29 PM)
I did some research and a lot of these schools haven't picked up a great TE

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:21:38 PM)
except maybe for the southern teams

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:22:40 PM)
so it really doesn't act as a main factor

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:22:10 PM)
and most of the schools I am looking at were successful before the great recruits they got

stue (Apr 4, 2002 8:15:44 PM)
Will last years great recruiting class impact your decision?

Jeda (Apr 4, 2002 8:19:29 PM)
Do you have a steady girlfriend? And if so is she going to college? Any effect on where you might go?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:22:57 PM)
none of the above

MrBucknuts  (Apr 4, 2002 8:23:06 PM)
Louis: Have you seen any running backs better than Graves and Ferguson? If so, who?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:23:28 PM)

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:23:47 PM)
but he's gone so i guess not

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:24:09 PM)
i know what they bring to the table and it's a lot

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 8:24:12 PM)
Did you play against any of the DB's OSU last year or is looking at this year? Any comments on them if so?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:25:19 PM)
not of last year (as far as I can remember).........Burgess.

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:25:35 PM)
He's a great player but I think I can handle him

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:25:52 PM)
we have been in each other's way since freshman year

nbuck (Apr 4, 2002 8:21:42 PM)
with so few scholarships offers being given so early from osu is it complementary to you as a player that they are really pschyed about you...

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:26:49 PM)
it is the biggest honor being offered early

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:27:21 PM)
then again any school of great status offering me is quite the complement

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 8:26:01 PM)
What are your personal/team goals for this year

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:28:14 PM)
this season will state champions

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:28:59 PM)
haha.......honestly we are working hard and there is no doubt in any of our minds that we will be in contention for another title

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:29:35 PM)
i plan to make all-conference, state, and region. I also hope for All-American status

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:29:43 PM)
team--- state

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:30:12 PM)
i am constantly trying to lower my speed

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:22:38 PM)
with your height, have you considered trying to drop your forty speed and try WR

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:30:36 PM)
i dont mind catching and blocking or one or the other. I guess it's up to the coach

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:31:08 PM)
although I wouldn't want to escape the hype of catching a long pass for a TD ever

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 8:30:57 PM)
how would you rate your route running?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:32:23 PM)
well i do a lot of "find the open spots" routes.....but i would say an 8/9 out of 10

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:33:01 PM)
but i will never hesitate to move around when the qb's in trouble

stue  (Apr 4, 2002 8:31:17 PM)
Have you had a lot of pressure to go to Ohio State or any other school from family and friends?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:33:48 PM)
not really, supportive people surround me, never really pressuring me into any school. It is kind of early in the game yet too.

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:15 PM)
But moms always puts Penn St. in my ear.

Kirk  (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:10 PM)
Louis, what are some of the things you like to do off the field? What are your interests?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:32 PM)
I make music

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:45 PM)
i play hoops 2/3 days a week

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:54 PM)
always on the cpu and online

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:35:53 PM)
my cousins and I have different keyboards, programs, and a drum machine to make a lot of different sounds.

Jeda  (Apr 4, 2002 8:35:26 PM)
Who are some of the artists that you like to listen to?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:36:10 PM)
i like the old-school songs

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:36:17 PM)
like the old R Kelly

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:36:51 PM)
the Neptunes are a #1 favorite

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:37:15 PM)
Linkin Park too

george (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:19 PM)
catching passes over the middle often means getting hit hard, do you ever shy away from the kind of contact or do you like to give it as much as get it?

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:37:42 PM)
I never think about the hit (maybe b/c I never see it)......

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:38:01 PM)
I like to give some punishment too

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:38:13 PM)
but mostly just getting into the endzone

Kirk (Apr 4, 2002 8:38:11 PM)
Okay folks, just a couple more minutes... any last questions for Louis?

bridge152  (Apr 4, 2002 8:34:26 PM)
Good luck to you in your recruiting endeavors! this buckeye fan wishes you the best, You sound like a great student-athelete, and a compliment to any program!

Jeda  (Apr 4, 2002 8:38:44 PM)
How would you rate your hands at catching the tough pass?

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:39:26 PM)

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:39:33 PM)
out of 10

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:39:20 PM)
befor time runs out I would like to say thank you for chatting with us and good luck to you wherever you play!

dragonknight (Apr 4, 2002 8:39:48 PM)
No more questions, just like to wish you good luck and thanks for taking the time to drop by.

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:40:10 PM)
i would like to thank all of you who had the interest of even talking to a lil' ol' football player like me

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:40:22 PM)
thanks to Duane and Kirk

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:40:56 PM)
all this support is not wasted either.....people like all of you make me work harder to get where I have to get

Kirk  (Apr 4, 2002 8:40:56 PM)
Louis, it is our pleasure!

Duane (Apr 4, 2002 8:40:57 PM)
Great having you and thanks for stopping by.

Jeda  (Apr 4, 2002 8:41:11 PM)
I would echo the thanks for spending some time with us. It's obvious from the language you use that you are a very intelligent person. Good luck with football and school!!

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 8:41:47 PM)
thanks again. I'm off to watch the Mavs beat on the Clippers. Good evening to everyone

Louis Irizarry(Apr 4, 2002 8:41:51 PM)
thanx everyone!

Kirk  (Apr 4, 2002 8:42:05 PM)
We'd like to thank Louis for stopping by tonight. Best of luck to you Louis and we hope to hear from you soon!

Charo24 (Apr 4, 2002 8:42:18 PM)

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:43:00 PM)
Charo24 is my uncle....i think he is rooting for Penn St.

Charo24  (Apr 4, 2002 8:43:16 PM)
yes we are

Charo24 (Apr 4, 2002 8:43:56 PM)
no we're rooting for your future

Hoosier Buck  (Apr 4, 2002 8:44:12 PM)
We wont hold that against him, though.

Louis Irizarry (Apr 4, 2002 8:44:24 PM)
i will try to keep everyone informed through the rest of this offseason and into the season

Kirk(Apr 4, 2002 8:44:58 PM)
Ok everyone, that's it for our special guest chat. I am going to turn the moderated chat off and we'll stick around for a few minutes. Thanks again to Louis!!!

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:45:22 PM)
this has been unreal to me....it will soak in later when I am eating steak and potatoes

Hoosier Buck  (Apr 4, 2002 8:45:24 PM)
Thank you Louis. We appreciate hearing from you.

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:45:26 PM)
thank you all again

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:45:50 PM)
thanks kirk and bucknuts for giveing us the chance to chat to Louis

Jeda  (Apr 4, 2002 8:45:58 PM)
Thanks again Kirk, Duane, Mr Bucknuts for putting this on for us lunatic fans.

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:09 PM)
this is Louis "Izzy" sayin goodnight.....Thanks

george  (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:25 PM)
good night

Duane  (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:25 PM)
See ya, Spaniard.

Kirk (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:27 PM)
Thanks again Louis. It's been our pleasure.

dragonknight  (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:32 PM)

Louis Irizarry  (Apr 4, 2002 8:47:55 PM)
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