Feb. 3, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As the coaches turn their collective attention to the 2013 recruiting class and begin preparations for spring practice, let's take a player-by-player look at the new personnel that will be added to the Florida State football program.
Up first is tight end Christo Kourtzidis, whose National Letter of Intent was cleared at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Seminoles' didn't have a pressing need for multiple signees at this position despite the losses of Beau Reliford and Ja'Baris Little to graduation because of whom they had returning. With Nick O'Leary and Will Tye back for their sophomore seasons, FSU needed just one more player to form a playmaking trio of underclassmen.
With just one prospect needed, making that lone signature count was important for the 2012 recruiting class. With the addition of Kourtzidis, the 'Noles accomplished that goal.
"We got a great tight end in Christo," FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We love that guy. He's a heck of a player. Big, athletic, can catch. He can be an off-the-ball, on-the-ball guy. Tough guy. Played in a great program so we felt very good from that standpoint also."
A native of Santa Ana, Calif., FSU's coaching staff identified Kourtzidis early in the process despite being on opposite coasts. Along with Washington, Colorado and Washington State, Florida State was one of the first programs to extend a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder.
Kourtzidis' primary recruiter was offensive coordinator/tight ends coach James Coley. He took an official visit to Florida State on Jan. 13, 2012.
He wound up taking making multiple cross-country visits to Tallahassee before the start of his junior year and even attended the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp at the end of June -- an event that took place not too long after Kourtzidis went public with his verbal commitment to the Seminoles on June 15, 2011.
"Big body who can do both -- he can block and he does a great job getting open," Coley said. "He's a physical kid and he's kind of deceptively fast. Real nice, soft hands but strong enough that when he engages on guys in the run-blocking schemes that he can displace them."
Number watch: Kourtzidis wore No. 83 in high school -- a number that is currently at FSU available after the graduation of Bert Reed.