BRISTOL – Bristol Central football standout Victor Rosa is closing in on a college commitment.
The rising senior for the Rams plans to announce his future plans in mid-July after receiving offers from the likes of UConn, Army, Navy and most recently, Boston College.
“I have 10 offers right now,” Rosa said. “I'm assuming more will come. I've already said my thanks to some. It's hard, and expensive. I didn't do any official visits, I'm planning on doing that in the fall, [but] I have been narrowing down my schools.”
Rosa just got back from Gainesville after an unofficial visit with the Gators last Wednesday. The Bristol Central quarterback/wide receiver/cornerback/athlete has made the trek to a handful of schools for unofficial visits this past year, stopping at Kent State and Clemson, along with Florida and BC.
Since Rosa lost out on his junior season because of the covid pandemic, these visits, along with appearances at the Rivals Camp Series and the Best of New England Camp, have granted Rosa exposure to college coaches. With it being the only option for over a year now, Rosa has had to get used to this type of intense evaluation.
“Definitely a different type of feeling, big eyes on me, but I'm used to it,” Rosa said. “I'm a three star, before I wasn't, I'm going and competing against four stars. I'm doing what I'm doing, I'm thankful to be ranked right now.”
According to 247sports.com, Rosa is a three-star recruit with an 86 ranking, making the Rams star the highest-ranked player in the state in the 2022 class.
Social media has also played an important role in Rosa's journey as the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder often posts highlight videos on his accounts with the hope of it catching the eye of a college coach. Rosa released a brief video from his visit in Florida on Twitter and that has gained more than 17,000 views.
“After every camp it's very common to see kids thanking people from the camps,” Rosa said. “I don't really remember that being popular, but now I see a lot of kids doing it.”
Deanna Rosa, Victor's mother, films her son whenever she can during visits and camps and then Victor puts the videos together, a skill he learned how to do not long ago.
“My mom is a trooper,” Rosa said. “She would come and film every type of thing, send me every single video, then I would use iMovie and put them together. I didn't know how to use that before.”
Rosa has had numerous helping hands throughout the recruiting process including Rams football coach Jeff Papazian and Stanley 'Stack' Williams of Supreme Athlete Mentoring Program.
Rosa said Williams was “the entire reason” the Eagles visit took place while Papazian has put Rosa in contact with coaches at Duke. Vanderbilt and Yale are also on Rosa's radar, but neither of the three schools have sent him offers at this point.
When it comes down to Rosa's checklist when considering schools, he kept it short.
“First, looking at the coaching staff,” Rosa said. “I want a coaching staff that will not leave when I'm there. I want to play good football and have a good education and I want to play [right away]. I don't want to wait until my junior year to play.”
While the excitement around this process can be enjoyable, Rosa said he's also looking forward to nailing down his future. Rosa plans to announce his commitment on July 14, his mom's birthday, on his social media accounts.
“All the hard work, it's finally paying off,” Rosa said. “I've been dreaming of this moment since I was a little kid. I've seen videos of the All-American kids signing and to think I'm going to be signing to play division one football is crazy.”
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.