Winston influences TE Izzo's FSU pledge

Florida State hardly needs more playmakers for redshirt freshman phenom Jameis Winston. But if there is one offensive position the Seminoles need to address for the future, it is tight end.

Coach Jimbo Fisher addressed that 2014 recruiting need Monday with a commitment from three-star tight end Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII). Izzo, who committed to Florida State over finalists Rutgers and Wisconsin. He announced his commitment on Twitter and confirmed it with ESPN.com.

“No doubt it did,” Izzo said of the potential of playing with Winston factoring in his decision. “Being able to see all the potential and all Jameis Winston has shown early on, him being a redshirt freshman, that influenced my decision because he’s gonna be the man to get me the ball.”

Before his Florida State official visit the weekend of Sept. 13, Izzo was down to the Noles, Scarlet Knights and Badgers. There was no clear leader for Izzo at the time because he had yet to visit Tallahassee until that official visit. Once he got a chance to meet with the players and coaches, he felt an immediate connection and comfort level with everyone involved in the Florida State program. By the time he arrived back in New Jersey, Izzo began working toward a Noles commitment.

“I wouldn’t say they were my leader because I could go there with all the tradition and success and it could not be a fit,” Izzo said. "But the official visit really opened my eyes and made it a clear decision for me.”

Given the developments at tight end for Florida State this offseason and when looking to future possibilities, the Seminoles needed to bring in some bodies.

In the summer, Kevin Haplea suffered a season-ending knee injury, and though medicine has come a long way and recoveries aren't as bleak as they used to be, Florida State's coaches can't guarantee Haplea will come back and be the same player he was.