The Jimbo Fisher Football Camp is going on this week at Florida State, and the Seminoles wasted no time in offering a prospect that has popped up on many people’s radars recently. Junior wide receiver Ryan Sousa from Lake Nona High School in Orlando arrived at the camp without an offer, but he’ll leave as a verbal commit to Florida State’s 2014 class.
The 6-foot, 180-pound wide out put up ridiculous numbers during his junior season. The three-star talent grabbed 92 passes for 1,615 yards and 21 touchdowns. His play earned him offers from schools such as Boston College, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and UCLA. However, it was the Seminoles offer that made Sousa end his recruitment today.
Sousa caught the attention of scouts earlier in the week at Florida‘s camp in Gainesville, making several acrobatic catches in traffic. However, it was his film from the Lake Nona spring game that made an impression on the Seminoles coaching staff. Now, they will have the opportunity to see him up close and personal soon.
Sousa’s commitment gives Florida State four wide receivers that have already pledged their services to the Seminoles for 2014. With a few other high-profile prospects still uncommitted, today’s news was a bit surprising for those who follow Seminole recruiting. Many thought they were all set at wide receiver and would only accept verbal commitments from players high on their list like Artavis Scott or Myles Autry.
Apparently Sousa was quietly on their list as well. The Noles appear to be getting a solid route runner, with excellent hands, deceptive speed, and a knack for making the big catch. Having seen him play on film, he reminds me of Stedman Bailey, the former West Virginia Mountaineer. He’s not a guy that will blow you away with his pure athleticism, but he’s always making big plays and finding the end zone.
B.L. is a college football writer for Rant Sports who can be followed @coachlip.