School: Flowery Branch
Weight: 255 pounds
Izaan Cross ended his high school career in Atlanta, but the Class AAA state championship game won’t be the final one he plays in the capital city.
The Flowery Branch senior defensive end verbally committed to Georgia Tech on Sunday after making an official visit.
“I came in with the approach that if I enjoyed the visit than I’d commit on the spot,” Cross said.
With his commitment, Cross becomes the third player on Georgia Tech’s roster with ties to Flowery Branch. Quarterback Jaybo Shaw is in his first year as a Yellow Jacket, and fellow Flowery Branch senior Daniel Drummond is already verbally committed to the school.
“That’s extra,” Cross said of playing with his former teammates. “I didn’t put that into the equation, but it’ll be cool to still hang out with them.”
One thing that did factor into the equation was Georgia Tech’s success this year. The Yellow Jackets offered Cross during his junior year, but with new coach Paul Johnson entering the equation, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end wanted to wait to make his decision.
“I wanted to see what coach Johnson could do before I committed,” he said.
With Tech’s 9-3 season and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl on the horizon, Cross knows that the program is heading in the right direction and he hopes that he can come in and make an impact.
“The possibility of playing next year is open,” said Cross, who will continue to be a defensive end in college. “I’m one of their top recruits at that position and they have a bunch of senior linemen graduating. If I work hard, hopefully I’ll be able to get a starting spot.”
When he does, it will provide an amazing feeling.
“I just want to feel that electricity that I’ve been watching on Saturdays,” he said.