Coziah Izzard, one of the top 2020 prospects in the country, is very interested in Clemson after visiting the school a couple of times early in his recruiting process.
The defensive end from St. Vincent Pallotti High in Laurel, Md., made his latest trip to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp last week.
“Being at Clemson and competing in the camp was a lot of fun,” Izzard said. “All the new people and players I met were real cool, and I enjoyed myself a lot.”
Standing at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Izzard doesn’t look like the typical rising sophomore. He is a gifted athlete with length and explosiveness to go with his frame.
Maryland gave him his first offer five games into his high school career. Since then, he has received offers from schools such as Boston College, Georgia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates — who visited Izzard at his school during the spring evaluation period in April and invited him to the camp — has taken notice of his potential.
“Coach Bates wanted me to lead every drill I went through, and it seems he wants me to be a leader,” Izzard said. “He likes how I explode off the ball and dip under tackles.”
Izzard had an opportunity to speak briefly with Dabo Swinney during the camp.
“We had a quick talk about me and what class I’m in and school I go to, etcetera,” he said.
Izzard said Maryland is recruiting him the hardest right now, while Penn State is showing the most interest among the schools that haven’t yet offered.
He’s hoping for an offer from the Tigers in the future.
“They would be at the top out of all my offers,” he said.
Prior to the Swinney Camp, Izzard visited Clemson in March for its junior day.
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