Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer landed his first BCS offer from Syracuse on Monday.
The Orange join Toledo in extending a scholarship to the 6-foot-5, 207-pound Kizer, who was named a 247Sports Sophomore All-American following the season.
Kizer spoke with Syracuse assistant Tim Daoust about the offer. Daoust is a Central Catholic alum himself.
“It was very exciting,” Kizer stated. “I did not expect it at all. Coach Daoust came up for a clinic on Friday and before he left he met with my coaches and came to the conclusion they wanted to offer me.”
Kizer had a lengthy conversation with Daoust, where he started learning about the school and football program.
“He said that I have the best potential in the 2014 class in the Midwest, and the wide receivers coach Rob Moore had heard about me already and had watched my film and he loved my footwork and potential. He said they never recruited a sophomore before and they wanted to put an offer on the table.”
Kizer visited Toledo for junior day over the weekend.
“I loved their campus,” he said. “I’m there all the time and it feels like home.”
A standout on the basketball court as well, Kizer says he’ll look into his football recruitment following the season.
“I haven’t really planned any unofficial visits for the summer,” Kizer said. “I definitely want to go see Michigan and I definitely want to go see Ohio State.”
This past season, Kizer finished with close to 1,200 yards passing and 10 touchdowns, with another 540 yards rushing and four more scores in helping lead Central Catholic to the second round of the state playoffs.