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February 26, 2014

Under the Radar: Tampa Catholic's Rios still on the market

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Signing day of 2014 is in the history books, but under the radar recruits are still looking for a home, and that's the case for Tampa (Fla.) Catholic linebacker Jacob Rios. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound two-star prospect told FlaVarsity.com that he's still being recruited.

"I am currently talking to Missouri Valley, Lindenwood-Belleview, Tuskegee, Midwestern University. I am definitely open for any new schools who has an Interest in me."

As an outside linebacker for the Crusaders of Tampa Catholic, Rios racked up 65 Tackles 8 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 8 Passes Defensed, 1 Force Fumble and 2 Fumble Recoveries.

"I bring plenty of great attributes as a outside linebacker," said Rios. "My pass rushing and quickness is my strong point. My explosiveness and ability to shed blocks while reading to make a tackle is what I accomplished many times during big games. I work hard and never quit. My work ethic isn't found in many other athletes."

As Rios watched his teammates sign with BCS programs, he has a chip on his shoulder.

"The chip on my shoulder is just another piece to the puzzle. I know how to channel my aggression of being an underdog or an under the radar recruit to play as if I'm a top notch recruit."

Rios was apart of a stellar defense for Tampa Catholic, and he played opposite of Illinois signee Tre Watson. The Crusaders made it all the way to the 3A state semifinals and lost to the eventual state champion.

After two blowout wins in the playoffs we played against a nationally ranked team in Trinity Christian who we ended up losing to by nine points. That was heartbreaking. Now it's time for new adventures and to set new goals."



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