High school players around the country often put up numbers that you rarely see in the college or professional game. Every once in a while, however, some high school players put up numbers that catch your eye, even by high school standards.
Such was the case with Florida State Seminoles wide receiver commit Ryan Sousa of Lake Nona High School (Orlando, Florida). In a game that started Friday night and had to be completed on Monday because of weather delays, Sousa had 17 catches for 358 yards and five touchdowns.
That’s not a typo. It is, however, ridiculous.
Admittedly, Sousa doesn’t play against the toughest competition in Florida, but still, the 6-foot-0, 180 pound senior was remarkable. In fact, he probably could have had even more production, but he didn’t see the ball much during a fourth quarter blowout.
Sousa is only rated as a three star by most recruiting services, but that’s in part because he didn’t promote himself to the degree that other high school prospects do. He did one 7-on- 7 camp, and didn’t do a multitude of camps like other top notch prospects.
Regardless, Sousa has a skill set that head coach Jimbo Fisher will love. Although he doesn’t have top end speed, he runs tremendous routes and has solid hands. He lets the ball get into him a little too often, but that will improve with more reps at the collegiate level. He is quick in short bursts and explodes off the line of scrimmage as he gets into his routes.
While he isn’t the high profile prospect that other receivers in the state are, he certainly made a name for himself with his ridiculous performance last weekend.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.