Cross Names Top 3 and His Leader

Cross Names Top 3 and His Leader

Flowery Branch High School's Izaan Cross was focusing on seven schools over a month ago. Late September has brought him to a point even closer to the end of his recruiting. Scout.com's 49th nationally-ranked, 3-star defensive end prospect made a visit close to home to Georgia Tech for their game with Mississippi State.

Flowery Branch High School's Izaan Cross was focusing on seven schools over a month ago. Late September has brought him to a point even closer to the end of his recruiting. Scout.com's 49th nationally-ranked, 3-star defensive end prospect made a visit close to home to Georgia Tech for their game with Mississippi State.

"It was awesome. I had my brother with me. It was a good game on Tech's part. I wasn't able to get there until after the half. I really enjoyed it though. I went to the locker room after the game. I saw the new weight room put up."

Some people familiar with Izaan's recruiting have thought Izaan might be making a commitment soon. Is there any basis to this thought?

"I really have no time frame. I have a good couple schools I like more than others."

So who are these schools?

"Well, of course I like Georgia Tech. I like Clemson a good bit, and Florida a little."

Izaan reports these schools in order as his top 3 - Georgia Tech, Clemson, then Florida. He also mentioned some other schools he still may consider.

"There are other schools on the brink, like South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Arkansas."

So is Tech Izaan's firm leader?

"I'd definitely say Tech is my leader. The education is great, I have a great relationship with (defensive line) Coach Smith and (A-backs/ST's) Coach Monken. I know some people there, then I have some friends going there. My friend Daniel (Drummond) is heading to Tech. It's also not too far from home."

On that note, what is Izaan looking for in a school?

"I want a school with a high quality education, a place that I will enjoy, has great people, good relationships with my coaches, and possible early playing time."

Izaan shared a little about the other schools in his top 3:

Clemson: "They're not far from home. It's about a 1 hour 15 minute drive. That's a plus. They have a great education. They have a good coaching staff, Tommy Bowden's a good coach and a good Christian man. I've been there one time before my junior year. They have a beautiful campus."

Florida: "Florida's a great state. The program is huge. Florida just really speaks for itself."

Izaan mentioned early playing time as a possible attraction for a school. Is the fact that Georgia Tech is losing 3 seniors on the defensive line attractive to him?

"Yeah I guess it does attract me, to know they'll have a slot open."

He went on to share more about Tech's progress this year and about Coach Paul Johnson.

"I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew the defense was good. I just wasn't sure whether they might have a .500 season or one that they look to be having now. I didn't know if they might be the Notre Dame from last year. They don't look like they're struggling. They may be in the top 25 soon. The defensive line, despite 3 seniors, is fairly young. I see them rising, especially on offense. Coach Johnson, he's a good dude. My parents respond to him well. I haven't spent too much time with him. I talked with him at a camp this summer and he really seems to like me. He's a good guy."

Izaan says there are no visits in the future planned right now. His officials will be scheduled during basketball season. He's still deciding whether to play basketball or not. Currently, it's all about football.

"We're 4-1 right now. We lost our first game but we've gotten better. We won 41-7 on Friday night for our homecoming. It looks good from here. I'm playing defensive end and some tight end here and there. My brother, he's a freshman, is playing running back."

Cross and his younger brother are two different types of athletes but Izaan says, "I could probably play running back if I put my heart into it."

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