Kourtizidis Busy With Visits

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran tight end Christo Kourtzidis took two unofficial visits last weekend and talks about his remaining schedule for spring and summer...

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran tight end Christo Kourtzidis (6-4, 230) made the most of last weekend, taking unofficial visits to Florida and Florida State.

The four-star prospect started out in Tallahassee before rounding out his visit in Gainesville.

"Florida State was really cool," said Kourtzidis. "I really liked the coaching staff there. I got to talk with Coach (Jimbo) Fisher for a few minutes and that went well. We talked after the spring game, and he asked if I liked it and how I felt about Florida State. I like them a lot. Coach (James) Coley was the other coach I talked a lot with."

Kourzidis also liked the campus and the town.

"I liked the Florida State campus a lot, the campus was really nice. The school is very centralized, and I liked the town of Tallahassee, it's a nice town," said Kourtzidis.

Kourtzidis then headed over to Gainesville to visit Florida.

"Coach (Brian) White is the one recruiting me but he and Coach (Will) Muschamp were out of the town so I talked with their tight ends coach (Derek Lewis)," said Kourtzidis.

Kourtzidis enjoyed the campus and facilities there.

"Florida was really nice and their weight room was really nice," said Kourtzidis.

Kourtzidis said the distance is something he knows will be a part of the process, but said it won't be a deterrent.

"It doesn't matter where I go, I'm going to miss home, so I just need to find an environment that will lessen those feelings," said Kourtzidis.

Kourtzidis said he's done for the spring with taking unofficial visits, but will take one when the school year ends.

"I'm not making any more in the next couple of weeks but I'll be going out to Alabama on the 12th of June," said Kourtzidis.

He also is planning to attend the UCLA spring game this weekend.

Kourtzidis said several coaches will be by in the spring.

"Florida State said they will be by in the spring, and I know coaches from Oregon and Oklahoma will be here too," said Kourtzidis.

Kourtzidis has offers from both Florida and Florida State, as well as Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Nebraska, Washington and Washington State.

"I didn't really expect my recruitment to go like this at all," said Kourtzidis. "I was just pleased when I got my first offer from Washington."

Kourtzidis said that all schools are even, but that Nebraska and Florida State were recruiting him the hardest.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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