VINDICATOR STAFF REPORT
YOUNGSTOWN -- Louis Irizarry, a senior tight end at Ursuline High, has verbally committed to play football at Ohio State in 2003, his father, Louis Irizarry Sr., said Friday.
Irizarry (6-5, 235) is widely regarded as Ohio's top tight end prospect. He also had visited Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Pittsburgh, and was scheduled to visit Florida next week, his father said.
Irizarry runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, benches more than 300 pounds and has a 3.9 grade point average. He was a starter as a sophomore on the Irish's state championship team in 2000.
"He's been kicking it around for the past week or so but it sort of came down to him wanting to stay close," Irizarry Sr. said. "It's only about 21/2 hours away and he really likes Coach [Jim] Tressel. You know the guy's going to take care of you."
Irizarry is ranked as the third best prospect in the state by Ohio Football Recruiting News. Tom Lemming's Pro Football Report ranks him as one of the seven best tight ends in the country.
"I think he made a great choice," his father said. "You can't get any better than the Big Ten."