For many recruits, the transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience, as these 18 year old kids are often times traveling across the country to become "the new guy" on campus. That's not something that will likely effect safety Tyson Cisrow, as he hails from one of the most prominent high schools in the entire country, St Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. St Thomas Aquinas in many ways is like a small college, especially when you see how many times their football games are broadcast on ESPN, and that's something that Cisrow feels has helped him prepare for the future. "It's great playing at St Thomas. It feels like I'm already in college, and it's also great exposure for the players." St Thomas Aquinas produces an absurd amount of D1 athletes each year, as they have averaged 8.5 D1 signees over the past 10 years. Cisrow has shown that he's up next, as the versatile safety has plenty of early options to choose from. "I have offers from Western Michigan, USF, Akron, Illinois, Cincinnati, UAB, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Penn State, Indiana, Utah and FIU. I've also been talking to Duke, Maryland, Northwestern, NIU and UCLA."
Looking at Cisrow's list of 10+ offers, one team appears to not fit the norm, geograpically that is, as Utah is a long ways away from Fort Lauderdale. That isn't going to stop the Utah coaches from trying to snatch up some Florida recruits every year though, as they landed 5 commits from the sunshine state last year. As for Cisrow, distance won't play a factor in his decision. "Distance doesn't matter to me, I just want to feel comfortable." Comfortable. That's a word Cisrow used a lot, as that is probably his number one quality he's looking for in a school. "I want to feel comfortable where I go. The school has to have a good education, and I need to like the staff and players. I also want to go somewhere where I have a chance to play early." Cisrow has had a busy spring evaluation period, as nearly every school that has offered has stopped in to check on him, including Utah, who sent former Miami head coach Dennis Erickson to check up on the talented safety. "Coach Erickson is my main recruiter. He's a cool guy, and I have a pretty good relationship with him." One of the biggest challenges for Utah coaches and recruiting kids from Florida, is getting them to visit the campus and see how beautiful the city of Salt Lake is. Cisrow hasn't visited yet, but Coach Erickson has done a good job early on, of selling Utah to him Cisrow. "I heard (Utah) is beatiful. I want to visit during the summer for sure. Utah's also in a pass heaving conference, which is great for me, since I play defensive back."
With a visit likely being made to Utah over the summer, Cisrow won't stop there, as he has plans to visit a number of schools. "I know I'm going to visit 7 or 8 schools this summer, but I'm not sure exactly which ones yet." Making those trips is an important part in Cisrow's recruitment, especially because he plans to make a decision before the start of the 2014 season. Even though a decision will come in the next couple of months, Cisrow doesn't favor any school right now and says he's "wide open" and is considering every school as an option.
Cisrow Wants to be Comfortable
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