Just days after Sousa, the leading receiver in the state of Florida in 2012, with 92 receptions for 1601 yards and 21 TDs, pledged a verbal commitment to Florida State, he took a trip to check out a pair of schools that were among his more than 30 scholarship offers. After visiting Kansas, Sousa tripped across I-70 for an unofficial visit to Missouri. Afterwards, Sousa, who earlier this month celebrated his 17th birthday, spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about his Missouri visit, and he updated us on the current status of his recruitment.
“(My Missouri visit) was good,” said Sousa. “We got to see the facilities, the recreation center, and the fields. It was a sight to see!”
“Missouri made a great impression! They showed me all about Missouri,” said Sousa. “I loved every part of it! I love the fact that they throw the ball around. I love the fact that their facilities are beautiful!”
Sousa, who projects as a slot receiver in college, is a relative newcomer to the game of football. He is also an explosive punt and kick returner for Lake Nona. He has posted some impressive testing numbers, including a 3.9-second 5-10-5 shuttle, a 4.52-second forty-yard dash, a 35” standing vertical, and a 10’4” standing broad jump. He has recorded a personal best of 13 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press, and a maximum in the bench press of 315 pounds.
I asked Sousa about the status of his Florida State commitment?
“Right now, I’m evaluating,” explained Sousa. “So, I mean, with my point system, to see where I would like to be, what would be the best fit……………………………………… I’m considering Florida State and Missouri. Those are my top two right now.”
Sousa said that he came away from Missouri with the feeling that Missouri really wants him.
Sousa said that he’d “probably want to (finalize his decision) before (his) senior year”. Then, he said that he wants to take an official visit to Missouri, maybe during the season, and that his decision timeline may get pushed back to this fall. He did say that distance from home is not a factor in his decision.