Wisconsin Makes Izzo's Top List

The second of his three campus visits on this recruiting trip, Sparta (NJ) Pope John XXVIII tight end Nick Izzo recaps his visit the University of Wisconsin, and says the Badgers are safe on his recruiting list.

MADISON - Since being offered by Wisconsin at the end of May, Sparta (NJ) Pope John XXVIII tight end Ryan Izzo had done his homework on the Badgers. That research he said led him to see a beautiful campus that focuses on academics and a football program that loves to feature the tight end position and one that is undergoing a massive renovation process to make the three time defending Big Ten champions even stronger. On his first visit to the campus to see everything for himself, Izzo was honest in saying that everything was as good as advertised.

"I thought it was a great visit and I had a great time," Izzo told Badger Nation. "I've been interested in them even before they offered me. I had a great time visiting the campus. I got to meet all the coaching staff. Just getting a chance to see it for myself and meet all the coaches face to face was pretty nice … Just seeing it for myself made everything better."

One of the main coaches the 6-6, 210-pound Izzo spent time with was tight end coach Jeff Genyk. Getting an opportunity to study film and see how the Badgers utilize the position, Izzo became a fan of the scheme.

"We watched some highlights of the tight ends they have and they have the most tight ends in the NFL out of anyone else in the country," said Izzo. "Just from talking to (Genyk), I could tell that he's a knowledgeable coach with a lot of experience and definitely a good guy. We just talked about how they use the tight ends and what kind of impact I could have. It was great talking to him."

Rated the No.33 tight end in the country by Fox Sports Next, Izzo also got an opportunity to talk with head coach Gary Andersen, who sat down with Izzo, his mom and his uncle.

"Coach Andersen is a great guy," said Izzo. "We got to sit down with him and talk about a lot of different things. He was really open and honest about everything."

After visiting Iowa and Wisconsin, Izzo plans to head to southern California and take an unofficial visit to USC. With only 20 scholarship offers, Izzo plans to narrow down his list this week, and says Wisconsin will make the cut.

Adding that he would "most likely" commit by the beginning of his senior season, these visits are helping Izzo narrow what has been a hectic recruiting process, picking up well over a dozen offers during the spring evaluation period.

"I've just trying to plan (the recruiting process) out so it doesn't take up all your day," said Izzo. "After awhile, you sit down and make all the calls, but then turn your phone off for a week and have no communication. I am just making sure I am keeping everything organized and making sure I am making the right decision."

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