May 17, 2012

Signee Update No. 4: Christo Kourtzidis


This is part of a series of updates on FSU's 2012 recruiting class. Look
for stories on each member in the coming weeks.

Name: Christo Kourtzidis

Major: Sports Management
Arrival at
June 24

Roommate: Sean Maguire
Tight End

Jersey Number: 83

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 230
Not likley

Nickname: None

For Florida State tight end signee Christo Kourtzidis, starting college next month will not only mean a new beginning, but a whole new coast.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kourtzidis will be 2,200 miles away from his hometown of Orange, Calif. when he arrives in Tallahassee at the end of June.

"It makes me a little nervous but that's natural reaction to that kind of thing," Kourtzidis said. "I'm excited. It's going to be different to be out on my own especially across the country, but I think I'm ready for it. I'm just looking forward to getting out there and experiencing it for myself."

The Rivals 250 member said the fact that he felt so comfortable with Florida State as a school, not just solely for football, is what made the distance not be such a big factor.

It's a good environment as far as learning goes," he said. "It has a good academic base. I know that I'll have what I need and be taken care of on that end. The distance becomes a little less of a factor when you're more secure in your path."

Kourtzids said he kept up with what was going on at FSU this spring on the internet, and despite not being able to watch the Spring game he said he has a pretty good idea of what's been going on in Tallahassee since the season ended.

He has also kept in touch with offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley about what to expect once on campus.

"Me and (Coach Coley) really just talk about what's going to happen once I get there and that type of stuff," he said. "He's pretty much just giving me some information, a broad overview of what it's going to be like there."

The one thing that Kourtzidis expects to be the most challenging in the fall is adjusting to blocking bigger defensive ends and linebackers.

"I think personally it will be blocking," he said of the biggest adjustment. "Just because from a size standpoint, I think that's the biggest gap in going from high school to college. It will be a little different blocking those guys. I've been to camps and stuff for 7-on-7 so I'm somewhat used to playing against speed when it comes to route running."

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