As Rysen John prepares for his biggest audition yet, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that NFL eyes have begun to focus on Simon Fraser’s captivating senior receiver.
“I am getting a lot of confidence during this process right now,” John said earlier this week from Hawaii where he suits up Sunday (7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network) in the resurrected Hula Bowl all-star game at Honolulu’s famed Aloha Stadium.
“Especially being a Canadian,” he continued. “If things don’t work out for me, the CFL will be there, but the big dream right now for me is the NFL.”
That much seems especially true these days.
In the weeks leading up to the Hula Bowl, NFL teams have contacted SFU Clan head coach Thomas Ford about the 6-foot-7 former Vancouver College grad who this past season proved himself to be a true difference-making force, leading the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in receptions per game (5.3), and receiving yards per game (86.1) while catching 10 touchdown passes in 10 games.
If that happens, it could be an especially memorable season for former B.C. high school receivers.
That’s because Abbotsford Panthers’ product Chase Claypool is coming off an eye-popping finish to his senior season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, where the 6-foot-4, 229 pounder made 66 catches for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. Claypool is one of the top-rated receivers heading into the NFL draft and is playing Saturday (11:30 a.m., NFL Network) at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
“I think when you look at Rysen’s season, he’s a guy that now has a legitimate chance to play in the NFL,” says Clan head coach Thomas Ford. “He was able to dominate at D2, he was unguardable all season, and it’s really awesome to see him get acknowledged for all of his hard work.”
None of that is hyperbole.
“Seattle, the Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh, Miami, Indianapolis, and the (New York) Giants and Jets have all reached out to me in terms of inquiring, and I imagine that after the Hula Bowl, there will be even more teams,” said Ford.
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