Clemson to further evaluate gifted Maryland prospect

Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti defensive end/outside linebacker Coziah Izzard made the nine-hour trip to Clemson last weekend for junior day with teammate Blake Corum.

Izzard, a freshman with several early scholarship offers and many more to come, enjoyed his first time on campus.

“It was good, meeting all the coaches and seeing the football facilities there,” Izzard said.

Izzard chatted with defensive line coach Todd Bates and defensive coordinator Brent Venables, who expressed plans to visit him during the upcoming spring evaluation period.

“I got to talk to coach Todd Bates and coach Venables. They are going to come look at me in the spring and want to get to know me more,” he said. “They seemed like really good coaches.”

Just 15 years old, Izzard is listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. Maryland gave him his first scholarship offer five games into his freshman season last September, and he has added offers from East Carolina, Michigan State and Wake Forest since. Clemson, Notre Dame, Duke and Oregon are among the other schools Izzard said he is getting interest from.

Bates and Venables are intrigued by his size and aggression as a player.

“The coaches said I am really big for (my age) and like how I am built,” he said. “Also they like how aggressive I was on my film.”

Izzard hopes to get back to Clemson over the summer.

“Clemson was a beautiful campus and I love the energy the coaches have,” he said. “I will definitely try and get out to a camp this summer.”


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