February 4, 2008

Mossakowski by the numbers

DALLAS, Texas - If you want to find out about Ryan Mossakowski's potential as a quarterback on the next level there are several numbers you need to look at. Look at his 6-foot-4, 200-plus pound frame. Look at his 17 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. Look at his 5,000-plus yards passing over the same period.

And yes, look at his team's 1-9 record in 2007.

After you're done looking at the numbers look at the strong-armed quarterback's attitude. Mossakowski is learning from his team's struggles last season and cherishing any opportunities to compete.

"Unfortunately we didn't have the best record," Mossakowski said. "I kind of realized that you need to take it one game at a time. Once we started taking it game-by-game, it started going well."

The Frisco (Texas) Centennial quarterback didn't dwell on the disappointment of his team's record. Instead, he took on a new challenge.

Following his junior season, Mossakowski made the most of an opportunity at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine. He was named to the first team all-combine team as the quarterback and relished in the spotlight.

"That was by far the best experience I can imagine," he said. "All these phenomenal athletes from around the country, you're trying to compete against. It was great playing with all those other players that all have the same goals as you."

Mossakowski's impressive performance boosted him from relative obscurity to the No. 54 player in the nation in the newly-updated Rivals100 for the class of 2009. It took Mossakowski a little time to realize the magnitude of the honor.

"It was crazy," he said. "To be honest, it didn't really hit me at first. Then I talked to my dad about it and it was like, 'wow'. It kind of hit me. It's an honor."

After Mossakowski's performance in San Antonio, there was little doubt that he deserved to be among the early elite names in the 2009 class. With size, athleticism and a live arm, Mossakowski should come out of the Spring with several opportunities, but he's not content just letting the recruiting process come to him.

"I've been getting quite a bit of letters," he said. "I've called about eight coaches and bumped into one myself."

With the potential to have some early scholarship opportunities, Mossakowski also may have the opportunity to end his recruitment early. However, he is in no immediate rush.

"I want to play it by ear," he said. "I want to have that feeling you have where you know it's what you want. It comes down to that feeling that it's the right school, the right coaches, and right for me and my family."

Among the schools that have been showing Mossakowski some interest are Oklahoma, Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida and Oklahoma State.

To date, Mossakowski isn't ready to lean towards any one school but before too long another number may start rising awfully quickly: his scholarship offers.

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