Tight End Izzo Impressed By Rutgers Visit

Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII tight end Ryan Izzo visited Rutgers Tuesday before the beginning of his senior training camp. Izzo is cut down to six schools and spoke in-depth with ScarletReport.com about where Rutgers stands and his recent visit.

Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII tight end Ryan Izzo went into his Tuesday Rutgers visit with plenty of familiarity with the program. Offered during a spring visit to campus and in daily contact with the coaching staff, Izzo visited practice to get more comfortable with Rutgers and the coaches.

Izzo arrived for a training camp practice and stayed in the Hale Center with players, coaches and teammate Noah Brown until 10 p.m.

"Getting to see the coaches run a practice in-person was important," Izzo said. "That was the main point of going there and seeing how they coach and their coaching style. Overall, I really liked it.

"I've always felt very positive about them and it definitely helped to go more in-depth about them. I got answers to the questions that weren't answered before. It definitely helped them."

First-year tight ends coach Anthony Campanile had Izzo's attention and impressed with the way he handled the position at practice. Campanile worked as a defensive graduate assistant last season and is a former Rutgers player and Don Bosco Prep offensive coordinator.

"I was really intrigued by how much energy he coached with," Izzo said. "I definitely can tell he has the respect of his players and, at the same time, gets everything out of them. It was definitely good to see that. That was really good for me."

Sophomore tight end Tyler Kroft, who sat out practice with an injury, spent up-close time with Izzo and brought a lot to the table, he said.

"He was great," Izzo said. "He was saying how we have similar body types and talking to me about strength and conditioning, the offense and everything. He's definitely a great guy. I had a lot of fun talking to him. He was talking about the offense and how it's really tight-end oriented now with coach [Ron] Prince as their offensive coordinator. One of their main goals is to get the tight end the ball."

Rutgers has three freshmen tight ends on its roster and two committed in the class of 2014. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood remains aggressive in recruiting Izzo to the program and Izzo has no worries about having to compete for time on a college roster.

"I'm definitely very open to competition, it's not an issue at all with Rutgers," Izzo said. "I don't want a spot handed to me. I want to be able to work for it."

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