Top QB Discusses Clemson Trip

One of the top quarterbacks on Clemson's 2009 recruiting board heads home to Texas.

QB Ryan Mossakowski Profile

It's not often Clemson enters Texas and pulls out two of the Lone Star state's top recruits.

But this year, it's not out of the question.

With a commitment already secured from the No. 1 safety in the nation, Houston native Craig Loston, the Clemson coaching staff is also focusing its recruiting efforts on Frisco, Tex. gunslinger Ryan Mossakowski, the No. 13 quarterback in the country according to Scout.com.

Mossakowski visited Clemson for the first session of Tommy Bowden's Annual football camp this week and came away impressed ... with basically everything.

"I really enjoyed it," he told CUTigers.com afterwards. "We came in late Sunday night and woke up early for camp Monday morning. Saw the campus, met all of the coaches and a lot of the players. They were great guys. I talked with Cullen Harper for a little while and he seemed to really like everything about Clemson and really like Coach Spence. "

Speaking of Coach Spence, Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach seemed to have made the biggest impression on the four-star quarterback.

"You could really tell the players really love Coach Spence. He was coaching me up while I was there," said Mossakowski.

"He was basically working with me on the little things: my footwork, my body language when I drop back to throw and my eyes. He knows the things I need to work on and so do I so he was coaching me up on those things."

Mossakowski also visited with head coach Tommy Bowden Tuesday morning before he left.

Mossakowski completed 264-of-462 passes (57 percent) for 3,029 yards and 19 touchdowns during his junior season. He also gained 227 yards on 71 rushes for seven additional scores.
"I probably talked with Coach Bowden for 30 or 45 minutes this morning. I really enjoyed that. He wanted to know how far Clemson was up there but we just talked basically about all kinds of things. He came out and watched me and everyone else throw today for about 10 minutes or so."

Naturally, that begs the question, "just how far is Clemson up there?"

With offers from many of the top schools in the South and Midwest, like Clemson, Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska, Arizona and Kansas, and with more to follow, it's not like he doesn't have plenty of options.

Mossakowski has played it close to the vest when talking favorites before his trip to Clemson, and he did so again Tuesday, but he did reveal several more interesting observations regarding his trip.

"I'm keeping everything open right now," he said. "I talked to Coach Spence before coming out here and he told me I needed to see the campus because it's different and he was right. It is different. It's beautiful. You get a different vibe just being there. I don't know know how else to describe it. It's not like any other campus I've been to. Everything about it was different."

When asked if he would be visiting Clemson again this fall for a game, he immediately responded, "Yes sir. I will."

When asked if distance would be a factor in which school he chooses to sign with, he said, "Not at all. It won't be a factor."

Lastly, it's important to point out Mossakowski is also a standout baseball player, and the idea of him playing professionally after his senior year is something that can't be ruled out.

However, that still is a long ways from being decided, and he'll likely have a much clearer indication of which sport his future will focus on later this summer.

"It's something I take seriously. I play in a very prestigious summer baseball league," he said. "We'll probably play 60-70 games but my career in baseball pretty much depends on this summer [and how he does]. I might have the chance to play [professionally] or I might not. It just depends."

Regardless, he remains one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, coming in at No. 13 in Scout.com's latest rankings.

And next up, is a trip to the plains to check out Auburn.

"I have another one-day camp with Auburn," he said. "I want to say that's in three weeks or so. Then I'm also going to visit to visit Tennessee, but I won't be going to a camp there."

As a junior, Mossakowski completed 264-of-462 passes (57 percent) for 3,029 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also gained 227 yards on 71 rushes for seven additional scores.

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