With signing day just a week away, Skip Holtz and his staff are busy putting the finishing touches on the recruiting class of 2011. One player that has re-entered the picture is Lake Nona's Kevin Sousa, a 6'3, 225 pound quarterback prospect in Orlando. Sousa is a 3-star prospect, rated the No. 46 quarterback, and is currently a Wake Forest commit. He visited Miami last weekend, and will take an unofficial to USF this upcoming weekend.
"He's still committed to Wake, but is also looking at options at other schools that may be a better opportunity for him," said his Coach Anthony Paradiso. "He's also looking at USF and Miami, and it's going to come down to one of those three schools. Recruiting is a process, and he wants to do his research to make sure the school he committed to is the best opportunity, or if another school just wants to make sure
The 3-star quarterback was previously committed to Michigan, before committing to Wake, but decided to also check out other options and visited the Hurricanes Miami this past weekend, and liked what he saw in Miami.
"He loved it, and really enjoyed being there with the players, and the coaching staff," said Paradiso. "With the depth chart he has an opportunity to compete early."
The other school that has re-entered the mix is USF. The Bulls were on Sousa early and had him on campus before he committed, but a visit by USF Head Coach Skip Holtz and Offensive coordinator Todd Fitch sparked interest with Sousa in the Bulls program.
"He really wants to see what South Florida's about, and will be taking an un-official there this weekend," said Paradiso. "He's already taking 3 unofficial visits to USF, and this will be our fourth." "He likes Coach Holtz, and every time we've been up there went well. Last week Coach Holtz stopped by and talked with Kevin, and that conversation that took place last week generated a renewed interest in USF, and he wants to go see what they're all about."
"Coach Holtz and Coach Fitch were at the school last Thursday, and Coach Fitch was at the school again on Tuesday," said Paradiso. "He has a great relationship with them. With South Florida being so close, when we were there we were able to watch practice, watch workouts, and he was able to spend time with the whole coaching staff and the players. He sat in on the quarterback meetings and spent a lot of time over there with that staff already, and he feels comfortable with that."
With signing day approaching its going to come down to several factors for Sousa in making his final decision, Relationships with the coaching staff, opportunity, and a comfort level.
"He has a relationship with the staff at Miami, and also with the staff at USF, but at the same time he has developed a relationship with the Wake Forest coaching staff," said Paradiso. "It's going to come down to what makes him feel most comfortable and what he feels at that moment where he thinks is going to be the best option for him."
"Recruiting is a process, and he wants to do his research to make sure the school he committed to is the best opportunity, or if he should pursue another opportunity with another school," said Paradiso. "Evaluating is an ongoing process, that's why he de-committed from Michigan. He realized that the coaching staff was unstable, and didn't want part of that situation."
"He was comfortable with Wake Forest, but when Miami came in, and USF came in, it showed that they were really still interested even though he was committed," said Paradiso. "And that made him think that they really want him, and have that opportunity that he's looking for."
The standout quarterback prospect already know a lot about the USF football program, but wants to know more.
"He knows a lot about USF," said Paradiso. "He's been there and followed them through the last few years. I'm an alumnus of USF, so he's heard a lot about the program through me. He knows all about the depth chart is, and knows he's bigger than any quarterback they've brought in and has a chance to compete."
When Sousa committed to Michigan back in June, USF got a couple of QB commitments from other kids, and backed off on pursuing him, but once he opened things back up, USF re-entered, and Sousa is interested in the Bulls as well.
"The reasons he's considering USF is the location, it's so close, he likes the program, the direction they're going in, and he has a chance to compete there," said Paradiso. "He knows they're a top program, and one of the top programs in the state. They also offer him a chance to be very close, and that's something other schools that offered him don't. That's why he's considering USF, and also Miami."
"He'll be making his final decision after this weekend's visit," said Paradiso. "It'll be between Wake, Miami, and USF."