It didn't take Tommy Pizzuro long to realize he was a priority guest when he visited Syracuse for the South Florida game last fall.
"It was just me and two other big recruits at the 50-yard line, and all of the other recruits were in the end zone," recalled Pizzuro, a junior offensive lineman originally from New Rochelle, NY. "I got to talk to coach Salgado down on the field. He seemed like a really good guy."
Pizzuro, who now plays at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL. doesn't hold any offers yet, but the 6-2.5, 285-pound tackle has a bevy of schools interested in him: SU, Auburn, Central Florida, Boston College, Penn State and others have been in contact.
His unofficial visit to Auburn for the Alabama game last fall blew him away and made him realize he'd like to attend a school where the football team is supported strongly by its fans.
"He definitely wants to play big-time football," said his father, Tommy Pizzuro Sr., whose son relocated to Florida with him and will remain there for his senior season. "He likes all of the schools. We're originally from New York, so Syracuse is [intriguing]. He's open to going anywhere, but he likes Syracuse. It's got great tradition and great facilities."
The younger Pizzuro is a mauler of a blocker who loves the physical aspects of the game. He can bench press 325 pounds and thrives on the feeling of dominating his opponent.
"The coaches tell me the thing they like the most is my aggression. I like to block and most guys I block end up on the field after the play. They say that's the main thing," he said. "I like run-blocking better, but last year we ran a spread so I can pass block too. I feel like it's [enjoyable] to pancake people."
Pizzuro doesn't have a set plan yet for all of his junior day and unofficial visits, nor has he set forth a timeframe for coming to his eventual college decision. But he did say that the earlier the offer, the better position a school will be in with him.
"If Syracuse offered first, I would feel obligated," said Pizzuro, who made it to two SU games last fall. "The campus is nice and they definitely have great facilities and a great gym."
Neither Auburn nor SU are strangers to the St. Thomas Aquinas school as both secured commitments from two Aquinas players this year.
It seems that Auburn may unofficially be the top school in the hunt for Pizzuro right now, but he's far from naming any favorites and he's there for the taking. Should SU offer first, the Orange apparently would stand a good chance at landing themselves the road-grading lineman from four hours up the road.
Stay tuned to Syracusefan.com and Scout.com for the latest on Pizzuro…
Tommy Pizzuro, who now plays at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL. doesn't hold any offers yet, but the 6-2.5, 285-pound tackle has a bevy of schools interested in him: SU, Auburn, Central Florida, Boston College, Penn State and others have been in contact.
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Special for Syracusefan.com
Feb 20, 2008