Four-star point guard Chris Chiozza (Memphis, TN), a highly sought after and fast-rising prospect who is a member of the Rivals100, made his college choice official on Tuesday night when he committed to the Florida Gators and became the first member of the team’s 2014 recruiting class.
Chiozza (5’10”, 160 lbs.), who chose Florida primarily over Memphis and Ohio State, reportedly had his mind made up last week but was on the receiving end of late pushes from some of his other finalists. His mind was not changed.
In fact, he may be the first of two dominoes to fall out of Memphis.
“Florida’s always been one of my top three schools since I was a little kid,” Chiozza recently told SNY.tv. “I’ve always loved watching them. I’d also love to play with Kasey Hill and Chris Walker, if they’re still there. They’re also recruiting my teammate Leron [Black] so that’s a school where we could play together.”
Black, a five-star power forward, is the No. 16 overall recruit in the nation per Rivals. His final five also includes Illinois, N.C. State, Ohio State and UConn, though a commitment date has not been set and a decision is not imminent.
Chiozza is currently ranked No. 90 overall on the Rivals100, but network recruiting analyst Eric Bossi conservatively guesses that he will “push for at least the national top 50 when the rankings are next updated.”
Bossi believes Chiozza has “become one of the most sought-after floor generals in his class” because “he plays with sizeable heart, plenty of skill and a natural feel for leading his teammates and making good decisions.”