Syracuse has been busy sending out several new offers over the last few days. One of them was to tight end, offensive lineman Ryan Izzo of Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta (NJ). But the Orange are not the only school to have offered the talented prospect recently.
"I picked up two Sunday and two Monday, so it's been pretty crazy," Izzo said. "Sunday it was Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Monday it was Indiana and Michigan State. It kind of feels surreal. About a month and a half ago I had no offers and I was just trying to get my first one. It's just been crazy. To get four offers in two days with four schools I'm really interested in, it's surreal. It shows my hard work is paying off."
Izzo is developing relationships with each of the schools that have just offered. Those relationships could end up being important as his recruitment progresses.
"The coach that came from Syracuse was Coach (Pat) Perles," Izzo realled. "He came to our school and talked to my coach. He stood in the hallway with my coach and gave him a pamphlet about the history of Syracuse and some information about the school. He told my coach he wanted to offer me a scholarship.
"The coach I've been talking to from Pitt is Coach (Joe) Rudolph, but the coach that offered me was Coach (Jim) Hueber. I talked to the running backs coach from Indiana, Coach (Deland) McCullough. He said they really liked me and wanted to get up there to visit. They offered me. Michigan State talked to my coach also."
Despite being relatively close to Syracuse, Izzo is still learning about the Syracuse program. The 6-foot-6 prospect camped with the Orange last year, and is hopeful about making a return trip this summer.
"I actually went to Syracuse this past summer for one of their camps," Izzo admitted. "I don't really know a lot about them. It's kind of tough trying to find time to look into all these schools that are showing interest in me. Of course being close that's a factor because I can visit a lot more than I could visit an Iowa or something like that.
"Distance isn't a factor in my decision for me. But having a school closer is a factor because it's easier to take visits and develop that relationship with the coaches."
Izzo added that he has no favorites and is wide open. He wants to give equal opportunity to each school that has offered and plans to visit all of them. Syracuse is having several camps during May and June, and Izzo plans on attending one in June.