Florida Gators football: Four-star wideout flips from FSU

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With the offseason underway, recruiting is in full swing, and the Florida Gators football team wasted no time adding to its 2014 class.

Florida received a commitment last Monday from four-star wide receiver Ryan Sousa (Orlando.Fla./Lake Nona), who had been committed to rival Florida State since June. Sousa’s decision to switch was initially reported by 247sports.

The 6-foot, 177-pound Sousa put up big numbers in high school, finishing his career with 246 receptions for 4,107 receiving yards and 53 receiving touchdowns.

The timing of Sousa’s decision might seem puzzling, especially since he was in Gainesville to witness Florida State’s 37-7 thrashing of Florida on Nov. 30. However, despite not having an offensive coordinator, it has been reported that head coach Will Muschamp wants to run more a an up-tempo offense, which can be alluring to recruits with playmaking ability. Furthermore, at Florida State, Sousa may have to wait for an opportunity to play, but at Florida, he has the chance to be a part of the group that helps return the program to its former glory.

Sousa could also see this as an opportunity to be a part of a dynamic offense in the future at Florida. The Gators 2014 recruiting class already has commitments from four-star quarterback Will Grier and four-star wide receiver Ermon Lane.

The Gators now have 16 commitments for 2014, including nine in the ESPN 300.


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