Wide receiver Ryan Sousa, out of Lake Nona High School in Orlando, had been committed to the Florida State Seminoles since the summer. But late Monday night, Sousa switched his commitment to the rival Gators. Sousa's commitment was first reported by 247Sports.
Sousa was swayed after his recent visit to Florida for the FSU game last Saturday. Sousa, now Florida's 16th commitment of the 2014 class, is rated as a high three-star or low four-star by most services, and will bring a sense of consistency to the slot wide receiver position — something Florida has sorely lacked over the last few years. Sousa had offers from Boston College, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Missouri, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.
Sousa stands 6'0", and is listed at 177 pounds by 247Sports, but he's got the shiftiness and reliable hands to be a good slot receiver, and is likely to be closer to playing time at Florida than at FSU, where fleet freshmen Levonte "Kermit" Whitfield and Jesus Wilson should get the majority of the snaps in 2014.
With Ermon Lane and Ryan Sousa already on board, Florida looks to add depth, speed and talent to its wide receiving corps, which should help to improve the Gators' 105th ranked passing offense in 2014.
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