Izbicki reels in first two offers

This weekend was a three day holiday and the Izbicki family made the most of it, taking a trip to Montana to visit Chris' older brother Brian who is a freshman at college. They just made it back in town Monday afternoon and spoke with Dawgman.com about some recruiting news that their younger son Chris – a 6-4, 240-pound tight end for Lake Washington – received over the weekend.

"I got offered by Washington on Friday," a happy Izbicki said. "It was actually a big relief to get the first offer out of the way. It was a big weight off my back, especially because it was from a school I am really interested in."

Izbicki spoke with the main coach recruiting him, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock, and then head coach Tyrone Willingham got on the phone.

"He said I can be a good influence on the program," Izbicki said. "He thinks I can help them succeed and get back to where they were used to being all the time and that I could make an impact my freshman season. He said they are a tight end school and I could help continue that."

Because his offer came before his trip to Montana, Chris had a chance to talk things over with Brian and the older Izbicki made his thoughts well-known.

"He thinks it would be cool to be the hometown kid," Izbicki said of where his older brother's loyalties lied. "He said it's cool because I'm close to home, but I'm not really home. My parents can come and see me play every week and he can come home and watch some of my games too. That would be cool."

But that wasn't the only good news on the recruiting front because when Izbicki returned home he had a message from his head coach.

"He said that Washington State called and that they are sending me some paperwork to let me know they are going to offer me," Izbicki said. "Coach (Timm) Rosenbach said he and coach (Bill) Doba sat down and watched my tape and that (Doba) gave him the ‘OK' to offer me.

"I'm really happy that both of the top schools in Washington have offered me. It's such a relief."

The playmaking tight end caught 25 passes this past season for 215 yards and two touchdowns as a junior and he, along with returning wideout Gerard Boseman, form a nice downfield tandem for the Kangs that should make things in the Kingco conference very interesting this coming fall.

Izbicki plans to attend the Barton Air Attack camps when they are in Seattle this spring and also plans to take in one day of the Oregon camp, one day of the Washington camp and may venture across the Cascades to spend time at the WSU camp and even try and hit one or two in California, but that's all up in the air until he finds out when and where his team camp is.

So with all of this interest from the local schools and the fact that mail and recruiting info are coming in from across the country (Boston College, California, UCLA), is Izbicki close to making a decision?

"I want to see some practices and the intensity on the field," Izbicki said regarding how he will make his final decision. "I want to see what the coaches are like at practice and meet the coaching staff. I really want to see some practices.

"I also want to see the school, the campus and take a look at the academics and the atmosphere surrounding everything. I want the whole experience."

Then he added a time frame of when he may make his intentions known.

"I think before my season starts I should be ready to make a decision," he said.

Izbicki is a standout on the diamond as well, playing first base for the Kangs this past year, but he's dropping that sport and will concentrate on his budding gridiron career.

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