Sierra's Souza has his goals set

Sierra OT Nick Souza (6-6, 300) doesn't have any offers at this point, but that isn't where his focus is heading into his sophomore season with the Wolverines...

"I know what I want to get done indivually and for our team," Souza told recently. "I want us to make the playoffs this fall and I want us to make it to a bowl. As a player, you should always be focused on the team first.

"As an individual, I want to get All-League and All-State and I think I've done enough this summer to prepare myself for that type of a season. Basically, I want to be considered the best lineman out there."

As a freshman last fall, Souza started every game at left tackle for Sierra and allowed only one sack, but this year he'll be manning the right side.

"Last year our quarterback was right handed, but this year we're going to have a left handed quarterback," Souza told back in July. "The coaches want me on the blind-side so they moved me there in the spring.

"I made the switch pretty easily, so I don't think there is much of a difference for me."

As a prep at Nevada Union (Grass Valley, Ca.) High School, Souza had some interest from San Jose State, but when things didn't pan out he decided to head to Sierra to earn a scholarship offer. Now, as he approaches his sophomore season, he's still waiting on that ever-elusive first offer.

"A lot of schools want to see me this fall before they make a move on me," Souza said. "My coaches have been getting a lot of calls I guess, but they aren't really talking to me about it much. San Jose State is still pretty interested in me and a few other schools, but my coaches want me to keep working hard and they said they'll let me know when it's time to know."

That time could be by the end of September as the Wolverines begin play on September 11th versus Butte.

"We have a real tough league and we face top competition every week," Souza said. "If I do well early on, I think I'll have a lot of opportunities available to me."

Souza plans to sign with a school in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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