Clearfield's Lezzer seals the deal with BC|
Thursday, February 6, 2014
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - Interest was picking up for Clearfield senior Christian Lezzer whenever he committed to play football at Boston College last spring.
Rich Rodriguez and Arizona offered him a scholarship and wanted him to visit.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood wanted him to visit last weekend and also offered Lezzer a full ride.
One thing remained constant for the Bison linebacker through the ever-changing process of big-time college football recruiting and that was Lezzer's loyalty to the Eagles and head coach Steve Addazio.
On Wednesday, Lezzer cemented his commitment to Boston College, as he faxed his letter of intent at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas alongside two fellow Eagle commits.
"Signing Day was awesome," said Lezzer. "It was at AT&T Cowboy Stadium on national television. It was a lot of fun. Making my commitment official was definitely a huge weight off my shoulders. Now I can just focus on the rest of my senior year and getting in shape for when I head to BC at the end of June.
"I had some other really great offers that I'm thankful for, but for me, BC offered an academic side to it that was huge. It's a perfect fit for me, both athletically and academically in one of the best conferences in the country, the ACC."
While most high school seniors around the country fax - or in some cases, sign electronically - signed letters of intent from their high school, Lezzer was able to send his in a way that he'll never forget at the home of one of the NFL's most recognizable franchises.
Lezzer will compete in his second nationally-recognized high school football all-star game, as he will join players committed to the likes of Alabama, Notre Dame and Michigan State, as well as Penn State signee Saaed Blacknall at the Under-19 International Bowl on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
"Playing in the Chesapeake Bowl (in late December) really helped me adjust to this game," Lezzer said. "It's very similar from a talent standpoint. The biggest difference is you just have to know your assignment and execute it very quickly. You don't have a whole lot of time to be worrying about anything else other than your assignment."
Lezzer is the lone player from Pennsylvania on the roster of a squad that will square off against Canada.
The International Bowl, which will broadcast the game live on its website, keeps it participants busy, as practices, meals and other fun excursions are tightly fit into a hectic schedule.
While it's been a lot of running, Lezzer was able to put his John Hancock on the binding document alongside teammates James Hendren, an offensive line recruit from Massachusetts, and Jonathan Hilliman, a running back from New Jersey.
"I think he's definitely excited about the future and he's happy to be going to Boston College," said Clearfield head coach Tim Janocko. "He made that decision and he stuck to it. He had some other schools come in here again and try to persuade him to take some visits, but he stayed committed and he was pretty solid on it.
"I think he just really likes the coaching staff, really likes the school and he feels comfortable there. A lot of times it's really about the fit, and it seems like a good fit for him.
"He had seven or eight Division I offers and, for one of our kids, that's a big deal. It was good exposure for our program and good exposure for our school."
While the International Bowl will give Lezzer, who scored a touchdown in his team's Chesapeake Bowl win, to showcase his talents, he is optimistic that this game won't be the last competitive game of 2014.
"The thing with redshirting is if you can play right away you will," Lezzer said of his prospects of seeing playing time for the Eagles in the fall, "and if you can't, then they will redshirt you. I spoke with Coach Addazio and Coach (Don) Brown, and they fully expect me to come in ready to play in different packages. So, I guess we'll just have to wait and see."