2025 ATH Thomas Sousa says visit to Syracuse was ‘unforgettable’

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2025 athlete Thomas Sousa from Shepard (MA) Hill is a versatile athlete.

Aside from playing three positions (tight end, linebacker, defensive end), he also stars in lacrosse. The 6-foot-3, 225 prospect was on hand to watch No. 18 Syracuse take down No. 13 NC State on Saturday at the Dome, and left with a great impression of the Orange.

“The atmosphere was unlike no other,” Sousa said in an interview with The Juice Online. “The fans were amazing and the energy was through the roof. All the coaches were welcoming and helped me learn a lot.”

The Orange took the lead on its first drive and never looked back in improving to 6-0 on the season, its best start since 1987.

SU is now ranked No. 14 in both the AP and Coaches polls, the first time they’ve been this high since 2001.

“The game was awesome,” Sousa said. “Two ACC teams in the top 25 rankings. What more can you ask for? Overall, an amazing matchup.”

Sousa got an opportunity to tour the facilities and learn more about the history of Syracuse. The staff also had an important message for Sousa that extended beyond just the football field.

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“The coaches talked about how although on field necessities are important, it’s the stuff off the field that helps you develop as a teammate and as a person,” Sousa, who holds a 3.0 GPA, said.

Though it’s early in Sousa’s recruitment process, he puts the Orange high on his list.

“Syracuse stands pretty high in my recruitment,” Sousa said. “The Dome and the facilities were mind blowing and the overall experience of my visit was unforgettable.”

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.