Orlando receiver gets dream offer

Ermon Lane sits as Florida’s lone receiver commit in the Class of 2014 and with several of top targets now looking elsewhere the coaching staff  has been forced to begin exploring other prospects at the position.

One of the new prospects at the receiver position is Ryan Sousa (6-0, 180, Orlando, FL Lake Nona) who got good news when he spoke to the Gators on Friday night.

“Coach (Will) Muschamp offered me on Friday before my game,” Sousa said. “He said he watched my film and liked how I played the game and the physicality that I run routes with. He said we have an offer for you on the table at Florida and that he was always here for me and that he was going to recruit me hard to Florida.”

Sousa has been committed to Florida State since earlier this summer but the Orlando native has been waiting patiently for an offer from Florida.

“This was a dream offer for me because I grew up a Florida fan,” Sousa said. “Every offer that comes in makes it harder of a choice and Florida is a great school so this will make it even harder when it comes time to make a final decision.”

Even though he has been committed to the Seminoles, the Florida staff has continued to recruit Sousa hard as they continued to evaluate him this season.

“I have been talking to Florida a lot this fall,” Sousa said. “I mainly talk to Coach (Joker) Phillips every week sometimes more.”

Now that an offer is in hand for the Lake Nona star he is now planning to take an official to Florida and also an official to Florida State.

The decision that Sousa has is going to be a difficult one but he promises that Florida’s current .500 season will play no impact on his decision.

“Bad seasons happen; seasons go up and down in the NCAA,” Sousa said. “I’m not really stressed about Florida. I think they have things to work on and things that I could help them out with on the field but overall they will get better.”

This season, Sousa has 1,440 yard receiving on 82 catches, good for 19 touchdown receptions.

Spivey Says: Sousa was very happy about this offer and couldn’t quit talking about how much he had dreamed of receiving it. If Florida starts pushing hard for Sousa things will get very interesting and I think the Gators can pull this one off. Sousa was one of the top prospects at Will Muschamp’s camp this summer and was also one of the standouts at the Nike Sparq challenge in Orlando.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.