“The most important thing that I did was open my eyes to every door that’s shut, another door opens and everything’s an opportunity.” Dunham senior Jake Rizzo said
That’s the story of Rizzo’s entire high school career as a three-year starter. He capped off his time as a Tiger with 2A All-State First Team and District 6 Defensive MVP recognitions, while his team made it all the way to the state finals.
“Everybody was so valuable and willing to do whatever it took. Jake was the epitome of that. Always been a guy that’s just done whatever it takes for the team, whatever we’ve asked him to do he buys in and he trusts.” Dunham head coach Neil Weiner said.
Rizzo bought in his junior year, switching from linebacker to defensive end. As a senior he racked up ten sacks and a touchdown. Midway through the 2022 season, Rizzo had to buy in again.
“This year they really asked me to step up as an offensive tight end, half-back kind of role so that we could come in and run the ball down people’s throats.” Rizzo said.
“I think as an offensive player, the ability to block and he has great hands, I think he can end up having a really bright future as a tight end.” Weiner, the 2A Coach of the Year, said.
Now colleges are looking at Rizzo playing either side of the ball. He has offers from Colorado, Army and Air Force. Yet his accomplishments in the classroom, such as a perfect GPA and test scores in the 99th percentile, give him plenty of options.
“It’s not just your four years that you’re at your college. It’s how well does it set you up 40 years down the line? I’m really I’m looking for like, well, what’s this college is going to really is going to set me up for success later down the future.” Rizzo said.
Rizzo will decide what place it is for him February, 1st on National Signing Day.