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Gators sway FSU commit, landing first pledge after firings

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If you can’t beat ‘em, steal their recruits. That’s exactly what Florida did early this week when they were able to get WR Ryan Sousa to switch his allegiance from Florida State to the Gators.

It was Florida’s first pickup after firing two of its assistant coaches over the weekend.

Sousa received a scholarship offer from Florida early last month. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver out of the Orlando (Fla.) area had been a Seminoles pledge since June, but things changed once he got the Florida offer and had a chance to be on campus for the official visit last weekend. Sousa is rated a three-star prospect by the composite ranking.

He texted the Orlando Sentinel after this weekend’s visit.

“I had a great time,” Sousa told the Sentinel. “Coach (Will) Muschamp, Coach (Joker) Phillips are top notch and I am still evaluating.”

This year, Sousa had 89 catches for 1,526 yards and 20 touchdowns, during which his school, Lake Nona H.S., went 8-3 and made the playoffs for the first time. For his three-year high school career, Sousa had 235 receptions, 3,989 yards and 52 touchdowns in three seasons.

Sousa’s news gives Florida its 16th commitment for the 2014 class. The Gators are hoping the coaching changes and tough season don’t affect the rest of the class, so they’ll be keeping a close eye on some of the other top recruits.

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