This month has been busy for the Missouri coaching staff out on the recruiting trail. Recently, Missouri Assistant Coach Brian Jones made a stop to check in on 2014 WR prospect Ryan Sousa 6’0” 185 Orlando (FL) Lake Nona, who now holds a Missouri offer. Sousa took a few minutes to speak with ShowMeMizzou.com about the Missouri offer, and he updated us on his recruitment.
“I really like Missouri,” said Sousa, who went on to say that he hopes to learn more about the Tigers in the coming days.
Sousa currently holds offers from Appalachian State, Arizona, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Marshall, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple, UCF, UCLA, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin, among many others, in addition to Missouri. He’s being looked at by Oregon, Tennessee, and West Virginia, among others.
“Right now, all my options are open,” “So, I’m not really trying to focus on recruiting. I’m just going to keep working hard, and let my coach deal with all of that. I just trying to focus on what I need to do to become the best that I can be.”
ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Sousa’s high school coach, Anthony Paradiso.
“Ryan caught seven balls in our spring game last week, and out of the seven, four of them went for touchdowns,” said Coach Paradiso, talking about Sousa. “He had over 200 yards receiving. He’s very explosive and shifty. He’s a great route runner, and he has a college-ready body………………………………………… He catches everything.”
Coach Paradiso said that Sousa’s “best football is yet to be played”. He also pointed out that Sousa’s “only been playing for about two-and-a-half years”, and that Sousa is young for his grade.
Sousa projects as a slot receiver. In addition, he returns punts and kicks. He reported a personal best of 4.53 seconds in the forty-yard dash, a 35” vertical jump, a 3.9-second 5-10-5 shuttle, a maximum of 315 pounds in the bench press, and a personal best of 13 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press. Coach Paradiso confirmed his shuttle time, and reported that Sousa has posted a 10’4” broad jump.
Coach Paradiso said that Sousa “is up to about 33 offers”. He said that Missouri is in the picture regarding Sousa’s recruitment.
“His recruitment is very, very busy,” said Coach Paradiso. “He wants to be on a team where he can catch some balls, that’s in a good location, and academics is important to him……………………………………….. He just wants to find the best fit for him.”
Sousa indicated that he’ll take some unofficial visits this summer.
“I’ll probably pick like eight to ten schools that I like the most, and just go visit those schools,” explained Sousa. “I’m going to try to make an early decision.”
Sousa said that by early, he means before his senior season.
“I don’t want to have to fool with it during the season,” explained Sousa, who said that he will not be limited in his decision by geographic location.
Not only is Sousa's recruitment heating up, but his decision process is about to accelerate as rapidly as he can get into the end zone.