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TE Kourtzidis changes his mind

1/19/2012

After spending more time thinking about his recruiting process on Wednesday night, Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) has changed his mind and will not take a visit to Texas this weekend.

His father, Akis Kourtzidis, confirmed to HornsNation that the Florida State tight end commit called UT co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite this morning to cancel the visit.

The reason? With national signing day less than two weeks away, the family doesn’t feel they have enough time to consider Texas. Their relationship is much stronger with Florida State and Cal.

“It would be very difficult to make an informed decision in a week and a half on the University of Texas,” Akis Kourtzidis said. “Even though the facilities are phenomenal and the opportunity is great, that’s just not enough time.

“It’s nothing negative about the University of Texas or the coaches. It’s just a comfort level thing.”

Kourtzidis remains “pretty solid” in his commitment to FSU and will host coach Jimbo Fisher and offensive coordinator/tight ends coach James Coley for an in-home visit Thursday night.

Despite that in-home visit, Akis Kourtzidis said Florida State coaches did not tell Christo to cancel his trip to Austin and that they’ve been supportive throughout.

“That had nothing to do with it,” he said. “A week and a half just isn’t enough time. This might have been a different story a couple of months ago.”

Though Texas is out of the running for Kourtzidis, Cal does still have a chance. It won’t be easy, though, to get the No. 26 tight end prospect to flip his commitment.

“Florid State has recruited him the longest,” Akis Kourtzidis said. “He has a great relationship with coach Coley. It’s going to be hard for him to go anywhere else. He’s got everything he needs out there.”

Texas doesn’t have any tight end commits for its 2012 class but is pursuing uncommitted Mequite Horn two-star prospect Vincent Hobbs. He’s expected to visit Austin this weekend.