When he was younger, Josh Rivas never expected to be in the position he’s in now with several Division I schools all working to acquire his signature next February and add him their offensive line groups.
“When I was a little kid I never thought about being a D-1 prospect with offers like this and people talking to me, which is nice,” Rivas told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com.
A 6-foot-6, 330-pound Class of 2017 prospect at Hutchinson (KS) High School, Rivas has scholarship offers from seven schools — Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Arkansas, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Memphis — and interest from several more.
Rivas said three of those schools stand out currently: K-State, KU and Missouri. He visited two of them, Missouri and Kansas State, in the past two weekends for those schools annual spring games.
What did he like most about his visit to Missouri?
“How they made me feel,” Rivas said. “I was never left alone. There was always a coach by me, asking how we were and asking how my family was, how school was, how football’s going. Which was nice.”
The trip to Columbia was the second for Rivas, who visited Missouri previously for the Tigers’ Junior Day event.
Why was it important to get back?
“Just to see what I haven’t seen,” Rivas said. “Just to see how the coaches are again. To get a feel for the college, the town, for like the football atmosphere part of it.”
Rivas said he’s being recruited by Missouri offensive line coach Glen Elarbee as well as wide receivers coach Andy Hill, who is Rivas’ area recruiter. The big offensive lineman likes what he’s seen from Elarbee.
“He was cool,” Rivas said. “He was down to Earth. If he tells you you were wrong in, I guess you could say in a mean way, it’s probably because you need it to get across what you’re not doing. Which is understandable. But other than that he’s a good guy. He treats you with respect. He seems like a family person, which is nice.”
Rivas said the Tigers are recruiting him to play guard on the offensive line. He said they’ve also told him there’s a good chance he might be able to play as a freshman if he chooses the Tigers.
A week after checking out Missouri, Rivas visited the Wildcats.
What did he like about his visit to Kansas State?
“It was the same as Missouri,” Rivas said. “The coaches made you feel like you were part of the family. You felt like you were at home no matter where you went in the facility or on the campus.”
Rivas said that trip was his second to the school as a football recruit, but he’d been there before.
“I used to go to their football games,” he said, “and I used to be in band and we would take marching band trips up there and march in the stadium.”
Though three schools have stood out for Rivas, and he’s visited all three, he is still in the process of figuring out which school is best for him.
“I’m starting to narrow down my three schools and then just doing research on them, figuring out who would be the best for me,” he said.
He doesn’t have any more visits planned for the spring or summer, but will soon figure out which camps he will try to attend.
“We just got our summer schedule for high school football, so this weekend I’ll sit down and figure out which camps I can go to and which I can’t.”
Those camps should help him get closer to making a decision, but as it stands now Rivas does not have a timetable for that decision.
“It depends on how I feel about the schools,” he said. “I’ll just talk it over with my parents, my coaches, the people who have helped me get to where I am. I guess you could say there isn’t a timeline.”