Ryan Sousa signs with Florida on National Signing Day 2014: Recruitment, highlights, impact

Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Sousa is one of a few players in Florida's class who were once Seminoles. But he might be the easiest overlooked — and that's a shame.

On National Signing Day, wide receiver Ryan Sousa made his commitment to Florida official by signing his National Letter of Intent and faxing it to the Gators' football offices just after Quincy Wilson sent his in. And now we can formally congratulate Ryan on the day he became a Florida Gator.

We can also tell you about Ryan's recruitment, show you his highlights, and project his future impact for the Gators.


Sousa is a wide receiver from Orlando, where he attended Lake Nona High School, and was recruited as a slot receiver by many schools. Sousa committed to Florida in early December, flipping from Florida State, and has remained a Gator since. Sousa, a high three-star or low four-star prospect, held offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Wisconsin, among other smaller schools.


Future Impact

Sousa could provide an immediate boost to the Florida wide receiving corps as early as 2014, thanks to the Gators' lack of depth at wide receiver, especially in the slot, and the utility of slot receivers in new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's attack.

Although Sousa doesn't possess the best skill set at slot receiver in this class, Sousa does have his strengths in route running and his high football IQ, and displays significant agility and elusiveness on tape.

Sousa probably won't take a redshirt his first year unless he falls well behind the rest of Florida's potential slot receivers, which puts him in line for limited snaps behind players such as Chris Thompson and Andre Debose. Sousa was a nice addition in the slot for Florida in December, but became more valuable with Roper's hire, and could be one of the sleepers of this Florida class.

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