Florida flips receiver Ryan Sousa from FSU


Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:56 p.m.

If you can't beat them, steal one of their recruits.

That's what the Florida Gators did Monday when they flipped receiver Ryan Sousa from Florida State, the school he had been committed to since June.

Orlando Lake Nona coach Anthony Paradiso informed The Sun of Sousa's decision.

The 6-foot, 177-pounder, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, picked the Seminoles shortly after his standout performance at Florida's summer camp.

But an offer from the Gators on Nov. 1 put them back in the mix, and he officially visited Gainesville this past weekend.

Despite UF losing by 30 points to FSU and firing offensive coordinator Brent Pease the following day, Sousa felt Florida was the better fit for him.

Receivers coach Joker Phillips, his primary recruiter, played a key role in his recruitment.

“He's one of the best coaches that I've ever met,” Sousa told The Sun after working with Phillips in June.

The Gators now have 16 members in their 2014 class. Verbal commitments are not binding until prospects sign their national letters of intent on Feb. 5.

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