Rivals.com tight ends: No. 13
Rivals.com Washington top 25: No. 1
Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington tight end Chris Izbicki never thought being ranked as the top player in Washington would take him all the way to Florida. But that's exactly what's happening. Izbicki has been selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
The game will be played on Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on ESPNU, and Izbicki is excited about heading to South Florida from Seattle.
"It's an honor to play in a game that's going to become the most prestigious All-America game in the country," Izbicki, who is 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, said. "My grandparents live down in Naples, so they'll get to see me play down there. I think we're going to bring the whole family, and I'm really excited about it. They've been up to see me play twice this year, but this will be totally different."
Five facts about Chris Izbicki
• His sports hero: Jeremy Shockey
• The president he most admires: George Washington
• His hobbies: Music, snowboarding and vacationing.
• Izbicki is undecided about what he wants to major in.
• His favorite movie: Scary Movie 2
Izbicki, a Washington commitment that will play for the West squad, said he's ready to represent Washington and the Pacific Northwest in the game. He hopes he can open up some eyes and prove to people that high-quality football is played in that part of the country.
"I definitely feel like we don't get a lot of respect, not just Washington, but the entire Northwest," he said. "I think some people think we're weak or we're not athletic. I'm going to show people what Washington football is all about."
So what will fans see from Izbicki?
"I'm a physical player," he said. "I like catching and running, but I can also line up in the slot and go out as a receiver, too. But I do think I'm kind of a throw-back tight end because I can block really well and line up in the three-point stance and run good routes."
Izbicki missed some of his senior season with a banged up shoulder, but he's now 100 percent and helping his team make a run in the state playoffs. He is also an early Washington commitment. It was a relatively easy decision to commit to the Huskies, he said.
"I always knew before the process started that Washington was my team," he said. "I thought I could help the team out if I committed early and maybe pull in a few more recruits. I also thought it would hard to focus on my senior season if I was worried about recruiting."