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Gators flip FSU WR pledge

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Lake Nona (Fla.) wide receiver Ryan Sousa has decided to do the "Gator Chomp" as opposed to the "Tomahawk Chop" for the next four years of his college career. According to Lake Nona head coach Anthony Paradiso, Sousa made the decision earlier today following his official visit to Gainesville this weekend.
"I know he spent a lot of time with Will Grier over the weekend," stated Paradiso. "He was battling he how much he liked it there with Florida State. He had a scheduled official visit to Boston College this weekend and Coach Fitch was actually at the school today. I haven't talked to Ryan since he made his decision. I would say he made the decision to switch because he felt comfortable."
Last summer, Sousa worked at the Friday Night Lights Camp in "The Swamp" and he had the chance to spend time with assistant coach Joker Phillips. Phillips is a big reason why Sousa switched reports Paradiso.
"I know he has developed a relationship with Joker since the summer," noted Paradiso. "He has done a good job recruiting him. He showed up to a game and been at the school while staying in contact with him. I know he speaks highly of Coach Phillips."
Sousa's pledge comes 24 hours after Florida fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease. Despite the uncertainty of the play calling in Gainesville heading into the off-season the three-star flanker decided Florida was the right place for him.
"Based on previous conversations, I always knew he would make a decision based on where he felt he was the most comfortable," said Paradiso. "I guess after this last visit he felt like this is the right thing for him."
This fall, Sousa hauled in 100 receptions for 1,664 yards and 23 scores. As a junior, he snagged 92 passes for 1,601 yards and 21 touchdowns.
His brother Kevin Sousa is a redshirt sophomore at Wake Forest.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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