Before the start of the 2008 football season Tommy Pizzurro - a 6-foot-3, 300-pound offensive guard - and his family packed up and moved cross-country.
Pizzurro was the best offensive lineman at Iona Prep in New York, but he felt that he would need to prove himself against better competition to earn a division one scholarship offer.
So he enrolled at one of the most prestigious high school football programs in America, St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Pizzurro got off to a quick start with St. Thomas and earned a starting role right off of the bat. Behind his blocking efforts the team rushed for nearly 4,000 on their way to a 15-0 perfect season and earned the distinction of being the top ranked prep football team in the country by USA Today.
Playing for a program like Aquinas you would think that a player that was a main cog in the offensive game planning would be pulling in scholarship offers hand over fist, but because of the transfer and a delay in putting together a senior highlight package Pizzurro has still managed to slip under the radar.
After his film started to hit coach’s hands this weekend the interest has started to pick-up. He secured his first official scholarship offer from the Air Force Academy and a number of other schools like Pittsburgh, Auburn, Mississippi State, Miami (Fl), Boston College, and Florida International have started to show interest.
With signing day quickly approaching Pizzurro has not built a significant relationship with any one school in particular and is looking at any and all options, but it is starting to look more and more like Air Force is about to pull a huge steal from the “Sunshine State”.